He is a graduate of Wilmington College and Earlham School of Religion. Bill was inducted into the Columbus (OH) West High School's alumni/ae Hall of Fame in 2011. Bill is a recorded minister in the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Ploughshares Farm, where he lives, is slightly over 40 acres (160,000 m2) of former farmland being reclaimed into prairie and native Indiana hardwoods as a wildlife preserve.
Bill serves as the coordinator of Friends General Conference's New Meetings Project (NMP). The NMP helps seed new Quaker worship groups and meetings in the US and Canada. For 11+ years, Bill was the executive vice president of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations in Indiana. He has been a local church pastor in Indiana and Ohio, as well as an adjunct professor at Earlham School of Religion in Indiana. He has written numerous books, short stories, and magazine articles. He also works as a writing coach.