REV. BILL G. BATES

Associate Pastor, Peoples Church

PERSONAL

Bill and his wife Becca both grew up in Northwest Washington, met at the age of 14, and then were married in 1975. Bill felt God’s call on his life when he was 19 and began to pursue that calling by attending Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, where he graduated in 1975. After he and Becca were married, they became the Youth Pastors at Bethel Assembly in Sedro Woolley, Washington, the church where they met. In 1978 they moved to Spokane, Washington where they assumed the position of Youth Pastor at First Assembly of God and had their first two children, Lindsey and Dustin. They moved to Auburn, Washington in 1983 as the Associate Pastor of Calvary Temple. Here, Ryan joined the family. Their next ministry move was to Life Center in Tacoma, Washington as an Associate Pastor in charge of Singles and Adult Education. A daughter, Kacie, was born here. 

The call to become a lead pastor was fulfilled in 1987 with a move to Centralia, Washington as the pastor of First Assembly of God. This ended up being their longest tenure, 26 years, and where their youngest child, Whitney, was born. Their last lead pastor position was in the city where they began, Sedro Woolley, at Inspire Church of Skagit Valley. They currently live in Salem, Oregon and are on the staff of Peoples Church as Seniors Pastor and Director of Care Ministries. Four of their children are married and all five serve on church staffs. They have six grandchildren. 

MINISTRY

In addition to the ministry positions, Bill has served on many boards and committees as well as filling a position on Centralia’s City Council for five years. He has traveled quite extensively as a teacher, team leader, and builder. A specific highlight of his ministry was a leadership training school that he founded called Generation Training Center, an intense nine-month discipleship training ministry that graduated 94 students in its nine years of operation.

EDUCATION

Bill received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Biblical Studies and minor in counseling. In 1994 he began a program offered by Northwest Graduate School in Bellevue, Washington that offered intense post-grad classes every three months. He attended these classes purely for the sake of learning and growing but was offered the opportunity to apply for a Doctor of Ministry degree. He accepted, completed his thesis and graduated in 1999.

INTERESTS

Over the years, Bill has enjoyed both fishing and hunting and just about anything that has to do with sports. He loves the Seahawks, endures the Mariners, and plays a few rounds of golf every year. He loves his children and grandchildren and racks up the frequent flyer miles visiting them in Texas. Throughout his ministry, Bill has focused on discipleship training whether it be teaching in a Bible School, leading a Bible Study, or going to a foreign field. Christians need to be growing.

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