Our Pastor


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On December 31, 1964, when Bill Herald was eight years old, he knelt beside his bed and accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior following
a New Year’s Eve service at his church. When Bill was fifteen years old, while attending youth camp at Camp Chautauqua in Miamisburg, Ohio he
answered God’s call to surrender his life to full time ministry. He told the Lord that he would do whatever God wanted him to do. He has been on
this journey ever since.

Phylis joined him on the journey June 25, 1977. God blessed them with three children, Kristi, Adam and Billy Jr. And then three grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Anna and Graham.

Bill began his ministry as a youth pastor in Oregon, Ohio. His first lead pastorate was in Scottsville, Kentucky. Since then, Bill and Phylis have led churches in Kentucky and Illinois. September 2017 Bill accepted the pastorate of First Baptist Church, Crystal Lake, Illinois.

Bill received his training at Baptist Bible College, Springfield, Missouri. His love for God’s Word is evident as he preaches. He is a gifted communicator and storyteller who is able to hold the attention of both children and adults. His preaching style is Bible exposition with history and current events, delivered with animation and a touch of humor.