Founder & Pastor, Bill Wilson
Abandoned on a street corner by his mother at the age of 12, Pastor Bill sat and waited for her at that corner for 3 days. She never came back. A Christian layman who was on his way to see his son in the hospital stopped and picked him up. Anybody could have stopped, but it was the Christian man who stopped. After getting him a hot meal, this gentleman paid for Pastor Bill to attend a Sunday School camp, where he gave his life to Christ. This was the start of his incredible walk with God – one that would change thousands of lives.
MISSION TO HELP HURTING CHILDREN
When no one would pray for him at the altar in that camp because of how he looked, he told Jesus “My mother doesn’t want me; the Christians don’t want me. If you want me, here I am.” He never forgot the promise he made. Pastor Bill developed a heart of compassion for suffering children everywhere and he knew from his own experience that the emptiness and pain could only be filled by the love of Christ. Starting with a van full of needy children in Florida as a teen, Pastor Bill eventually conceptualized and developed several bus ministries in the United States. Every week, thousands of needy children would be picked up and brought to church to participate in a unique Sunday School program that incorporated music, games and most importantly, the Gospel.
FOUNDING OF METRO WORLD CHILD
Pastor Bill established Metro World Child (formerly Metro Ministries) in 1980 in what was one of Brooklyn’s roughest neighborhoods, most commonly known for its history of gang violence, crime, drugs, and poverty. Pastor Bill has been beaten, stabbed and shot in the face. Despite everyone telling him this could not be done, through all the difficult times, he persevered and refused to leave the area or give up on the children growing up in such an environment.
Pastor Bill’s unique concepts of outreach and Sunday School programs, along with training courses and curriculum development, are now replicated globally. This ensures that as many children as possible come under the sound of the Gospel and experience the love of Christ as he did. What started in a small church on a corner in Brooklyn has now grown into an international ministry that reaches over 150,000 children every week around the world in missions such as Kenya, the Philippines, South Africa, Indonesia and Haiti.
Due to the success of Metro’s influence, President George Bush, Sr. appointed Pastor Bill to serve on the National Commission on America’s Urban Families in 1991. Metro’s influence was also identified as a factor in the noticeable reduction of crime in the Bushwick community and the organization was featured on ABC’s Nightline.
Today, Pastor Bill is an author of several books, including his bestselling autobiography, ‘Whose Child is This?’ He also travels extensively, frequently receiving invitations to churches, conferences, television and radio programs.