Dr. William Sillings has served as pastor of New Hope Worship Center in Oklahoma City since 1987. He also serves as General Superintendent of the International Fellowship of Bible Churches, Inc. He assumed this post in July of 1998, after serving several years as Administrative Coordinator for the Fellowship. He had also served as the Editor of Fellowship Publications from 1988 until 1998, and as part of the International Coordinating Council from 1988-96.
Dr. Sillings is the son of Harrison and Fennettia Sillings, of Palmyra, Indiana. He married Shirley Wolfe Sillings in 1972. The Sillings have three daughters and one son-in-law -- Jennifer, Laura and her hsband Shawn, and Erica. All are serving the Lord.
The Sillings' have been in the pastorate since 1975, serving as pastor of four churches in the Church of the Bible Covenant from 1975-1987. These churches were in West Harrison, Indiana; Lake Charles, Louisiana; Peoria, Illinois; and New Castle, Indiana. In 1987, the family moved to Oklahoma City to take up pastoral responsibilities in what is now called, New Hope Worship Center. As a pastor, Dr. Sillings' chief pleasure in life is helping people come to know Christ in His fullness and in seeing them mature through personal devotion, discipleship and service.
Dr. Sillings also served as Editor of "The Covenanter," the official publication of the former Church of the Bible Covenant from 1983-88. Also during that same time frame, he served on the church's missions board and the college board of control. From 1986-87, he served the denomination as Vice President of Finance for Covenant Foundation College, his Bible College Alma Mater. Dr. Sillings completed his Th. B. degree at Covenant Foundation College in 1975. He then completed the Master of Divinity degree at Anderson School of Theology, Anderson, Indiana in 1986 and the Doctor of Ministry Degree at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, in 1996. The duties of Fellowship Missions involvement have so far led Dr. Sillings to the Philippines, Barbados, Guyana, Guatemala, and Nigeria. World Mission and Evangelism are vital to Fellowship identity.
On the home front, the vision of the Fellowship is one of strong local churches with administrative and leadership support provided by the office in Oklahoma City. Dr. Sillings believes The Fellowship of Bible Churches is a viable member of the Body of Christ, serving as a good option for affiliation by pastors and congregations which neither have nor desire affiliation with a denominational organization. He believes that the 21st Century will witness increasong numbers of churches and pastors with desires for affiliation without control. This is what the Fellowship currently provides and seeks to improve.