An Interview with Bill Shields, March 20, 2012
Pastor Bill Shields speaks to a variety of issues related to ministry: his calling, highs and lows, liturgy, worship, ecumenical relations, family and ministry, church polity, and ministry rhythms. He especially emphasizes the value of the traditional Lutheran liturgy in bringing cohesion and involvement in congregational worship. He shares valuable personal and practical experience from twenty-five years in ministry.
Pastor Bill Shields is one of the pastors at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Lindenhurst, Illinois (where he has served since 2007). In his nearly 25 years of ordained ministry, he has served two other congregations: American Lutheran Church in Rantoul, Illinois, and First Lutheran Church in Pontiac, Illinois. In recent years, Bill has also accompanied his good friend Dr. Robert Yarbrough on several teaching trips to Sudan. Bill grew up in southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. He received a B.A. from Wheaton College, with a double major in Bible and Sociology. He earned his M.Div. at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. Bill has been married to Lisa, his High School sweetheart, for 29 years. They have five children: Rebekah, Matthew, Rachel, Nathan, and Isaac.