Pastor Bill Freeman
Rev. Bill Freeman, after a career in the media (TV News Reporter, Radio Talk Show Host, and Magazine Editor & Publisher), decided to pursue a path to pastoring on his birthday in 2001, his birthday is 9/11. He was baptized in 2003 on December 7, Pearl Harbor Day. And he was assigned to preach his first sermon in Chapel at seminary on April 1, 2005, April Fools Day. He takes those days and dates to mean that his ministry should always be about Peace & Love & Joy. He believes our soul purpose in life, after we achieve Peace & Love & Joy ourselves, is to help others to achieve Peace & Love & Joy.
Pastor Bill has a Master of Divinity degree from Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. He has pastored five churches, marched for world peace, lobbied Congress for justice, been arrested and convicted of Civil Disobedience, and performed 48 Same-Sex Weddings all in one day. He convinced two of his churches to become Open & Affirming, a United Church of Christ designation welcoming and supporting the LGBTQ community. After travelling to the border to witness the plight of immigrants and refugees, he persuaded one of his churches to become a Sanctuary Church, siding with those seeking to live the American Dream. He is a strong supporter of our church's Food Pantry for people who are poor, and of creating housing for people who are homeless in Los Angeles. He changed our after-church luncheon, from just for churchgoers to include people in need (even if they don't go to church first). He is on the Board of the Interfaith Solidarity Network in Los Angeles, and a member of the Kiwanis Club. Pastor Bill is a husband, a father, and the servant of a dog and a cat.