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— Bill Kemp

About Bill

Bill is an ordained clergy person in the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church, an author, and an unofficial instigator for change. After serving a variety of local churches for 31 years, he switched into full time writing in 2010. He divides his time between nonfiction (books for churches and individuals going through transition) and fiction. He also serves on the board of TIIMSA (Transitional Intentional Interim Ministry Specialists Association) a support and resource group for UMC clergy working in transitional situations. 

His latest book, “Help My Church is Leaving Me” is a resource for United Methodist’s seeking to understand LGBTQ  issues and how recent denominational actions will affect local congregations (May, 2019). 

Bill’s historical fiction series “Bethany’s People” is set during the first century and provides an adventurous look at how Jesus upended the lives of his closest friends. Mary Sees All – the Race to Save Jesus from the Cross, focuses on Mary Magdalene in the weeks leading up to the first Good Friday. Martha Finds Rest – an Easter Story, shifts the focus to her older sister and the days that followed Jesus’ entombment.

He is the author of nine other books, mostly dealing with improving church life. Bill also does workshops and consulting. His favorite speaking topics, and other books, can be found at

Fixing Church 7.0: A Seven Week Study

Reality Check 101: New Paths for a Changing Church

The Church Transition Workbook: Getting Your Church in Gear

Holy Places, Small Spaces: A Hopeful Future for the Small Membership Church

Ezekiel’s Bones: Rekindling Your Congregation’s Spiritual Passion

David’s Harp: Returning Harmony to Conflicted Congregations 

Saul’s Armor: Reforming Your Building and Organization for Ministry

Jesus’ New Command: Rediscovering the Joy of Fellowship 

Jonah’s Whale: Reconnecting the Congregation with Mission

Peter’s Boat: Renewing the Vitality of Burned-out Church Workers 

The Exodus of Henry Defazio: A Pittsburgh Story

Going Home: Facing Life’s Final Moments Without Fear – cowritten with Diane Kerner Arnett 

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