…the last thing I need to do is to further my personal cause. Rather, I want to further God’s purposes. — Bill Dunning, Missions Pastor
- Born into an Air Force family, mainly raised in Virginia.
- Married to Kathi, whom he met at Multnomah Bible school.
- Father to six children: Lauren, Jacob, twins Tyler and James, Maria, and Musie.
- Earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.
How did you become a Christian? I grew up attending a Catholic church and during that time, despite Sunday School classes, I really did not understand how Christ was relevant to my life. As a result of a change that happened in my family, I saw my need for solid footing. I was challenged to consider Who God is and whether the Bible is His Word to me. Having taken those steps, I was also faced with the reality of my sinfulness. I came to understand that Jesus did bear the consequences for my sin when He died on the cross. I found that total forgiveness and a relationship with God is possible only through Christ.
Was there a significant “turning point” in your life at that time? Even as a child of ten years, I profoundly understood the significant change that took place in my life as I opened the door to Jesus. To anyone looking in from the outside, the changes in my life likely might have seemed minor. Yet, that which took place inside of me (such as how I viewed myself and how I viewed others) was truly life changing. Living life on this earth became primarily an opportunity to serve and know the God who made this world.
What brought you to Calvary Chapel Olympia? Kathi and I moved to Olympia in 2001 and were eager for fellowship with other believers. We wanted to serve and worship with people who grasp the significance of God’s love which has been shown and offered to us in Christ. At Calvary, people are seeking to live out their faith in a way that points to God as their purpose and to Christ as their hope.
What are some highlights of your Christian service? Few things in life are as tremendous as knowing that He is working in and around you. I have had the amazing blessing of seeing God directing and using others – and sometimes even me – here at Calvary Chapel in the area of overseas evangelism and discipleship. Without a doubt, the highlight of missions involvement for me has been traveling with Kathi and our kids on different mission trips and seeing Kathi and my children moved by the needs of others.
What is the vision God has put on your heart for your ministry? God has uniquely crafted and gifted each of us. For each member of the church body, I want to see them growing in Christ and using their gifts for God’s purposes. In particular, I would like Calvary to be engaged cross-culturally to “preach good news to the poor, proclaim freedom for the captives, bring recovery of sight to the blind, release the oppressed, and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor (Luke 4:18,19).”
How has God personally stretched you, in areas that you could not have anticipated? I have found it stretching to partner with those in our body in helping them follow the Lord as He works out His purposes in their lives. Also, it is challenging for me to take the steps of faith required to live out the love expressed in Isaiah 58.
What else would you want people to know about you? I am married to a wonderful woman, Kathi. She is a continual source of joy to me. I love dinners at home with all eight of us at the table. It is mind boggling to me that God has given us six kids – and that six doesn’t seem like many at all. I want our home to be a place where friends from church and our neighborhood can know they are always welcome…..just call first!