Staff

Bill Whipple

Elder

Bill Whipple

Life Story

I was born in New Orleans, grew up in Mississippi, and moved to Hot Springs while in the eighth grade. I was blessed to grow up in a family that was very actively involved in a Baptist Church. I was baptized after accepting Jesus Christ as my Savior in the second grade.

When we moved to Hot Springs, my family purchased and operated a Hotel, which was a 24 hour, 7 days per week operation. This time commitment, combined with “rebellious teenage years,” caused my walk with Christ to suffer.

After graduation from High School, I attended the University of Arkansas. After a couple of years in college, and being heavily involved in the party scene, I realized how far away I had wandered from God. I remember praying specifically to God to bring to me a godly woman. He graciously answered that prayer two weeks later, when I met my wife Carol. Together, we started attending Church regularly and desired to live our lives in ways that were more pleasing to Him.

In 1991, we had our first child and began attending Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock. We were very impressed with the quality of teaching we heard on Sunday mornings. My spiritual growth during our early years of Fellowship was amazing.  My wife and I joined a Community Group, began serving in the Children’s Ministries area, and I ushered on Sundays, as well attended Men’s Fraternity on Wednesday mornings.

In the mid-‘90s, we led our first community group, with a focus on “Classic Christianity.” This experience deepened my walk with Christ even more, as I had to rely on his power, provision, and equipping of me to effectively serve Him. We continued to lead groups for years to come, as well as serving in Fellowship Kids.

In 2004, I was asked to join the Elder Board. This experience took me on a new spiritual journey, where I saw even more clearly, how God uses ordinary people for extraordinary purposes. It only takes obedience and trust that He has the power to accomplish his purposes and recognizing that He is sovereign.

As I reflect back on over two decades of attending Fellowship, I am truly amazed at how blessed I have been. I have had the privilege of serving in many capacities, as well as watch my two children grow up in the knowledge of Christ, and accepting Him as their personal Lord and Savior.

Hope for Fellowship

My hope for Fellowship is that we are truly committed to our mission of making disciples who live by God’s grace and for His glory, at home and across the world.  And, that individually, we exhibit lifestyles that reflect Christ’s likeness, where we live, work and play.