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r. Bill Stepp

 Part I – Snapshot of Dr. Stepp’s experiences, training, skills, and ongoing learning process which forms the foundation and direction of “New Beginnings Coaching and Consulting and keeps Dr. Stepp on the cutting edge of effective organizational dynamics.


Part II - PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY OF DR. WILLIAM R. (BILL) STEPP which provides the life experiences that distinguish him as a very knowledgeable and effective consultant and coach working with leaders from small organizations and Churches to very large Churches with many staff and volunteers. 




~ 45 Years of Pastoral and Administrative Experience as a Local and National Church Leader 


~ Certified Consultant with The Society of Church Consultants


~ Trained Facilitator for Stephen Covey's "7 Habits of Highly Effective People"


~ Licensed Facilitator with Stephen M. R. Covey's "Leading at the Speed of Trust"


~ Certified Coach with Coachnet International Ministries (and soon, with additional “Missional Coach” certification.)


~ Independent Consultant with Arbonne International


~ Member of International Association of Teamwork Facilitators


~ 2010 Approved Consultant & Coach for Covey’s Speed of Trust by the Synod of South Atlantic


~ PCUSA Training for Interim Pastors & PC(USA) Training for Executive Presbyters


~ Member of the Network of Church Consultants for the Presbyterian Church USA


~ Doctoral courses that included specialized training in: Administration, Systems Theory, Accounting, Portfolio Management, Staffing (screening, hiring, leading & managing staff, performance appraisals, termination of employment, Continuing Education of staff, and quality Christian care for children & staff.  Dr. Stepp continues to read, take webinars, listen to successful people, and attend seminars to become wiser & more proficient in these areas.) 


~ Specialized training through Alban Institute in Managing the Mid-size Church & the Large Church


~ Certification in Administration and Certification in Social Work from the University of North Carolina, School of Social Work


~ Served 2 years on the Board of Directors of the Presbyterian Career and Counseling Center in Clinton, S.C.


~ Member of Willow Creek Association,  The Alban Institute & The National Association of Christians in Social Work


~ Continuing Education through the Minister’s Covenant Group in Tropical Florida Presbytery 


~ Participate annually in both the Willow Creek’s Leadership Summit and the Expoential Conference in Orlando


~ Continually taking webinars, Continuing Education events, and seminars through the Covey organizations, International Association of Teamwork Facilitators, PC(USA), Board of Pensions, Veterans Administration, Hanley Hazelton, Hospice, etc.(i.e. Board of Pensions seminar “Growing Into Tomorrow…Today” on preparing for retirement, healthy living, leaving a legacy;Covey Organization’s “Rebuilding Trust, Restoring Relationships”; IATF webinars on “Teaching Spiritual Lessons,” etc.)   


~ Trained Stephen Minister and Certified Leader for Stephen Ministry


~ Completed Bill Gothard’s Seminar in Basic Youth Conflicts & Billy Graham’s School of Evangelism


~ Completed Flippen Leadership Series & for 5 years participated in the Spurgeon Sabbatical at Gordon Conwell Seminary


~ Specialized training in Providing Security for Religious Organizations and Soft Targets of Terroists


~ Developed a 5 year Strategic Plan working with outstanding consultants for the Thornwell Home & School for Children, one of the largest and best Residential Child Care Ministries serving 3 states and about 150 children & their families. 


~ Continual learning through my association with very successful leaders on the Board of Governors of Northwood University.


~ Founder and Consultant of "Bill Stepp - New Beginnings Consulting and Coaching" with a very unique and capable Advisory Team consisting of my 4 sons, from whom I am continually learning keen insights:

•        Rev. William Ruffin Stepp, Associate Pastor of Mission & Family Ministry in Venice Presbyterian Church in Venice, Fl

•        Rev. Andrew Stepp, Associate Pastor of Evangelism and Missions for First Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas

•        Rev. John Stepp, Pastor of Worship Arts for Palm Beach Community Church in Palm Beach Gardens, Fl.

•        Rev. Owen Stepp, Minister at large for East Tennessee Presbytery (preaching & providing leadership training in Churches from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Atlanta, Georgia Area) and Financial Advisor for Prudential Insurance.




Dr. William R. (Bill) Stepp is the Pastor Emeritus of Memorial Presbyterian Church in West Palm Beach, Florida and founder of “New Beginnings Consulting and Coaching.” Working with Bill is an excellent “Consulting Advisory Team” consisting of his 4 sons, each of whom is an ordained minister, each with ministries uniquely different from each other, and each with his own unique gifts, educational credentials, life experiences, training, ministries, and opportunities for God’s glory.  


Bill was born on Tybee Island, Georgia, and married Bettie Ann Smith in 1968.  They enjoy their four sons and their families including 5 grandchildren.  Bill is well trained and has a broad base of work and life experiences that uniquely qualify him to help pastors, Churches, organizations, and leaders as a consultant or coach.  He graduated from Belhaven University with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. He earned a Bachelor and Masters of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Doctor of Ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago focused on Residential Child Care Administration for Dependent Neglected Children.  He also has a Certification in Child Care Administration and a Certification in Social Work from the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina as well as specialized training in employment practices through Dunn and Bradstreet. To become more effective in leadership training, consulting and coaching, in 2001 Dr. Stepp completed Stephen Covey’s basic training in Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, and in May, 2001, he completed the “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People Facilitator Licensing Training.”  In 2010 he was trained and licensed by the Stephen M. R. Covey’s organization in Speed of Trust. was licensed as a facilitator for Stephen M. R. Covey’s Speed of Trust, and he was also approved by the Synod of South Atlantic to work with pastors, Sessions and congregations as a consultant for Speed of Trust.  In 2010 he also joined the PC(USA) network of consultants and coaches. He is a member of the International Association of Teamwork Facilitators, a Certified Consultant with the Society of Church Consultants, a Certified Coach with Coachnet International Ministries, and a member of the Great Commission Research Network.  Bill believes that a person should continually be learning to sharpen their skills and knowledge.  Presently he is completing certification training led by Bob Logan and Dana Allin as a Missional Coach.  Bill has completed both the PC(USA) Interim Pastor Training and the PC(USA) Interim Executive Training and is approved by the Presbytery of Tropical Florida and listed on their web page as both an Interim Minister and supply preacher.  In both his administrative and Sr. Minister positions, Bill has worked with some of the top consultants in the country in strategic planning and staff training.  He has taken several Alban Institute workshops including Managing the Large Church, Managing the Medium Size Church, and Dynamics in Long Term Pastorates.  For the past several years Bill has participated in the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit and the National Expoential Conference, both of which provide cutting edge insights and skills to help prepare pastors to be effective in New Church Development, Church growth, personal faith walk with Christ, and community building with a focus on building Churches that both endure and reproduces new Churches as a part of a healthy Church life.  Bill has read extensively in the areas of Church leadership and administration, discipleship and pastoral care, New Church Development, and Church growth.  He is a member of an ongoing Covenant Group of Ministers in the Tropical Florida Presbytery whose studies have included Jim Collins book, Good to Great, Thom S. Raniner’s book Breakout Churches, True Faced by Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol, and John Lynch, The Missional Leader by Alan J. Roxburgh and Fred Romanuk, and Chester L. Karrass’s books The Negotiating Game & Effective Negotiating.  He has also read The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni, The Pastor as Spiritual Guide by Howard Rice, Natural Church Development by Robert E. Logan and Reinecke, Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald, Coaching 101 by Robert E. Logan, Sherilyn Carlton, and Tara Miller, The Tangible Kingdom: Creating Incarnational Community (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series), and Tangible Kingdom Primer, and other books on team building and leadership. In January 2008 he took Dr. Charles Karrass’s seminar “Effective Negotiating” led by Karrass representative Jack Stewart. (The Karrass organization is considered the world leader in negotiating programs.)  He has taught “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” and led Covey’s “Speed of Trust” for the TFP Minister’s Covenant Group. For personal spiritual growth, Dr. Stepp has found his “Covenant Group of Ministers” in Tropical Florida Presbytery, “The Spurgeon Sabbatical” which is a 10 day annual retreat for 15 ministers led by Dr. Scott J. Hafemann who is professor of New Testament at Gordon Conwell Seminary, daily devotional times, and participation in key retreats and conferences as most important in maintaining a close walk with Christ and a balanced professional, personal, and family life. 


Before attending seminary Dr. Stepp was a pastor of the Tippah Presbyterian Parish which consisted of 5 rural Churches near Ripley, Mississippi.  In 1968, he was ordained as a minister of the Word and Sacraments in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and in the subsequent 43 years has served pastorates in Alabama, Florida, and South Carolina. One pastorate was a New Church Development and one a Church Redevelopment, both of whom grew to become self supporting.  Two pastorates were “New Church Developments mission” Churches that became self supporting.  Then, for six and a half years, he was an administrator and pastor of the Thornwell Home and School for Children in Clinton, South Carolina.  Following that, Bill served 27 years as pastor of Memorial Presbyterian Church in downtown West Palm Beach, Florida and 1 year as co-pastor; then, he retired on May 31, 2010 and received the honorary title of Pastor Emeritus.  As a servant of the church, Dr. Stepp has been a member of the Presbytery of Tropical Florida or its predecessor, “The Presbytery of the Everglades”, since 1972.  He chaired the Financial Committee which developed the financial systems including the “internal controls” when the 3 Presbyteries merged into the Presbytery of Tropical Florida, and served as Vice-Chairman of the General Assembly’s finance committee in 1983. In Presbytery Bill has served in many leadership capacities including Moderator of Presbytery, Chairperson of Presbytery’s Council, and chairperson of many committees including the “Committee on Ministry”, “Compassionate Partnership Ministries”, “Worship and Theology Committee”, “Nominations Committee”, and the “Home Missions Committee,”   He has been a commissioner to the General Assembly 4 times and a Presbytery Advocate to the General Assembly 3 times. Bill was on the founding National Board of Presbyterians for Renewal. He was honored to be Guest Chaplain of the U. S. House of Representatives in 1988, and currently serves on the International Ecclesiastical Council of the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller; an order of chivalry dedicated to the care of the Lord’s sick and poor. Bill has been very active in “disaster recovery” serving on the Board of Directors of The Eagles Wings Foundation ( which is dedicated to immediate response to disasters in the United States, the Caribbean Islands, and around the world. Bill also has worked to make our community better by serving on an advisory group for the “Team in Training” program of the greater Palm Beaches Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and as Chaplain for the South Florida FCA. He was honored by Kiwanis with the Legion of Honor award and the Boy Scouts of America with their national award for leadership.  He has also served on the boards of many community organizations including Northwood University's Florida Board of Governors ( where he is presently an Ambassador for the University.


Memorial Presbyterian Church in West Palm Beach reflected Bill’s heart by praying each week for the pastors and Churches of the Presbytery and sending 31 short term international mission teams around the world. They have sent many work recovery teams to help victims of hurricanes in the greater West Palm Beach area and throughout South Florida, especially in response to the 4 hurricanes in 2004 and in the Miami/Homestead area when recovering from Hurricane Andrew in 1992.  Memorial Presbyterian also provided funding for scholarships to provide grief training for pastors and Church personnel ministering in the Miami area in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew.  Bill was named to Strathmore’s “Who’s Who in 2000-2001” for “Demonstrated Leadership and Achievement” as a minister, and in 2010 Bill was invited into membership of “Stanford Who’s Who”, an elite organization of selected executives, professionals and entrepreneurs from around the world


Pastorally, Bill had specialized training in seminary at the Southeastern School of Alcohol Studies at the University of Georgia, and completed his Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) serving as a student chaplain at Milledgeville State Hospital in Milledgeville, Georgia. Through the years, he has attended many seminars provided by the Veterans Administration and private professional organizations on counseling and care-giving.  He is trained to use Prepare/Enrich Counseling Program and is a Stephen Minister & certified Stephen Leader for the Stephen Ministry Program which was very effective in Memorial Presbyterian Church. He has also been a member of The American Association of Christian Counselors.  While he was an administrator at the Thornwell Home and School for Children, he was a social worker; then, Director of Social Services; then, Dean of Campus under which he had a Department of Social Services that included an Administrative Assistant, 4 full time social workers, an ordained pastor, a full time psychologist, and a part time psychiatrist. They worked together with a Director of Homes and his team of over 20 house parents for 16 homes, a Registered Nurse, a Director of Christian Education, and school counselors, tutors, and teachers.  He was an advisor to the Board of Trustees and developed a strategic 5 year plan for Thornwell.  For 2 years Bill served on the Board of Directors for the Presbyterian Career and Counseling Center located at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. Perhaps one of Bill’s most important pastoral ministries was when he served on Presbytery’s Committee on Ministry helping Churches deal with conflict management issues and pastoral concerns.  Bill’s ministry also led the way for Memorial Presbyterian Church to become multi-cultural with a full time Korean Pastor on staff ministering to about 100 Koreans who were members of Memorial.  After about 4 years, the Session supported the Korean’s request to begin their own Church under the pastoral direction of their Korean Pastor, Rev. Soon Hong.  Dr. Stepp has been a leader in renewal conferences and ministries throughout the last several decades.  He helped build and lead the Christian Life Conference in Montreat as a member of their Leadership Team for about 15 years, as Director for 2 years, and for many years as the leader of their prayer ministry, especially providing prayer care and help for clergy and spouses.  For about 10 years, Bill also served as a “Spiritual Director” and leader for the Southeast Florida Emmaus Community, and for about 5 years, he was the Chaplain for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in South Florida.  He is highly regarded as a wonderfully, gifted pastor with a deep, sincere love and devotion that comes alive in his service of Christ, people, and the Church.  Bill is a true visionary whose ministry and his Consulting/Coaching business is centered on glorifying and enjoying Christ through prayer, a strong Bible emphasis, empathy, compassion, competency, and integrity as a faithful servant of Christ.


Bill has many hobbies and special interests including exercise, music, hiking, fishing, oil painting, golf, photography, amateur "ham" radio, and caring for people, organizations and Churches in need. 

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