Lay congregational leader

My church underwent a sudden, severe, and potentially catastrophic, change when we lost key leaders due to moral failure. Dan Elash's insight, wisdom, discernment and love were immediately evident as he provided advice and coaching. We were better able to address the church wide challenges and concerns while at the same time walking through the personal, individual ramifications. We are healthier as individuals and as a body as God has used Dan in our lives.

The Rev. Deborah Wright, Principal, PneuMatrix

Jim Kitchens is way ahead of the curve in understanding the tsunami of changes washing across American churches - he wrote about it over 10 years ago.  Jim has a keen sense of the natural lifecycles of a congregation and how that translates into crafting a strong missional response.  He doesn't just talk adaptive change, he rolls up his sleeves and models what it means while walking alongside a congregation.

Neil Rabon, laity

Larry McSwain served as a consultant to the lay-team at our church tasked with analyzing our budget and staffing issues.  He was professional in his approach, thorough in his effort, and spot on with his conclusions.  Larry did not tell us what we should do to address our problems, but rather walked with us in our own process of setting forth a plan and implementing it.  I would highly recommend him and the team at the Center for Healthy Churches for any church that wants to be more effective and successful in their mission.

Neil Rabon, laity

Bill Wilson provided information and insightful interpretation of what was really going on with our budget and staffing levels.  He was plain-spoken and thoughtful.  He recognized the impact of his words and provided support and encouragement as we moved through the process of developing strategy for our congregation to address the issues in an impactful manner.  It wasn’t easy work, but with help from Bill and his team, we are on a much better footing for the future as we seek to be God’s people in this place.

Dr. Jim Somerville, First Baptist Church, Richmond VA

I agreed to serve on the Board of Directors of the Center for Congregational Health because I am passionate about healthy churches. As the mission of the Center shifts toward working with congregations to keep communities healthy (a mission I applaud), I am delighted to learn that Bill Wilson will continue to focus his considerable talents and energy on the health of the congregations themselves. "This is a time when the world desperately needs healthy churches, and I don't know of anyone who understands their complicated dynamics better than Bill, or who listens with more wisdom, patience, and insight. He is a skilled helper, and he has helped me and my church at several different critical junctures. I'm excited about his new venture and look forward to offering whatever support and encouragement I can."

David P. Broughton, Chair, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Long Range Vision Committee

In 2011, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the second largest church in the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, embarked on a long range visioning process to help chart St. Paul’s future.  After conducting a thorough request for proposal process for assistance from a consulting firm to help guide St. Paul’s’ process, St. Paul’s selected Bill Wilson and his team at the Center for Congregational Health.  Bill and his team did an outstanding job throughout our engagement, which lasted about a year.  They provided critical information about the various global dynamics and changes affecting churches, they appropriately guided us in our process without taking it over, and they were masterful in allowing us as a congregation to develop our own thoughts and ideas while effectively challenging us to consider newer, different and bigger, “provocative proposals”.  Bill Wilson and his team were available, present, responsive, insightful and a pleasure to work with.  I am certain that St. Paul’s Long Range Vision process and outcome would not have been as successful as it was were it not for Bill Wilson and his team.  I look forward to an opportunity to work with him again in the future.

Dr. Alan Sherouse, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Greensboro, NC

I have known Bill Wilson as a confidant, encourager, and consultant. Most recently I have seen the results of his work at First Baptist Greensboro, where he and his team served as primary consultants through the church’s 19-month Transition and Pastor Search. Bill provided outstanding consultation that prepared both congregation and pastor for what has been a magnificent start. If my church or I were seeking consultation, facing challenges, or planning for the future, Bill Wilson would be my first phone call.

Dr. Julie Pennington-Russell, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Decatur, GA

The help that Bill Wilson and his team have given here at First Baptist Church of Decatur (GA) in our recent, challenging season of transition has been an absolute game-changer. The new Center for Healthy Churches is a fresh expression of a proven approach to congregational wellness. This is great news for churches of all kinds, and for the kingdom of God.