Dr. William Sillings has served as pastor of New Hope Worship Center in Oklahoma City since 1987. He has also served as General Superintendent of the International Fellowship of Bible Churches, Inc. since 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, and the husband of Shirley Wolfe Sillings (1972). The Sillings have three daughters and two sons-in-law -- Jennifer, Laura and her husband Shawn, Erica and husband Jeff -- and three grandchildren - Anthony, Nathan and Elliott.
The Sillings' have been pastoring churches since 1975, serving congregations in the Church of the Bible Covenant (1975-87) in Indiana, Louisiana, and Illinois. In 1987, the family moved to Oklahoma City to take up pastoral responsibilities at New Hope Worship Center. Dr. Sillings' chief pleasure in pastoral life is helping people come to know Christ in His fullness and in seeing them become fully mature disciples of Jesus.
Dr. Sillings also served as Editor of "The Covenanter," for the 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. He also served the denomination as Vice President of Finance for Covenant Foundation College (1986-87). Dr. Sillings completed his Th. B. degree at Covenant Foundation College (1975), a Master of Divinity degree at Anderson School of Theology (1986) and the Doctor of Ministry Degree at Fuller Theological Seminary (1996). The duties of Fellowship Missions have so far led Dr. Sillings to the Philippines, Barbados, Guyana, Guatemala, Nigeria, and Haiti.
On the home front, the vision of the Fellowship is to develop strong local churches and church leaders for Great Commission involvement. The Fellowship of Bible Churches is a viable member of the Body of Christ, serving 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.