Pastor, teacher, and presently Biblical instructor at the Discipleship Academy in Youngstown, Ohio, Bill Finnigan has been engaged in active ministry for over Fifty years.
A native of Newark, New Jersey, Bill received a call to ministry while in college. The ensuing years were spent in intensive study to learn and sharpen ministry skills. Attending several universities, he holds a number of degrees, including the Doctor of Ministry. For over twenty seven years, Bill has held pulpits in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, reaching people with God’s life-changing Word. His outreach has also included radio, prison, and Bible conference ministries.
More recently his time has been devoted to writing, preaching, and the on-going Biblical instruction at the rescue mission in Youngstown. Along with his wife, Chris, he continues to be busily engaged in the Lord’s work, considering himself “refired,” rather than retired.
It’s been good to be “liberated” from the “quarantine” and back to work at the Mission. What a testimony it’s been to witness God’s hand of protection upon staff and clients during this “Lockdown” with no cases of the Corona Virus! In addition, you’d be pleased to see the progress on the new building site. I’m impressed that in the midst of the present turmoil in our nation, God has a strategic purpose for the Mission. A verse that’s been pressing on my heart is: “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” (Isaiah 59:19) Whatever Satan is up to in the world, our God is way ahead and in Sovereign control. Let’s take heart, and walk in resurrection power (1Cor.15:58)!
Your prayerful support is most appreciated during these days. Chris has been doing remarkably well, gaining in strength and blood count. She has really utilized the swing on the front porch for enjoyable “exercise”, while taking in “some rays.” We’re actually learning to relax a bit and “smell the roses.”
I’m attaching a requested article written by a local newspaper reporter, Burt Cole, resulting from a request to promote my book on “Facing Depression.” In light of the present Covid-19 lockdown, I thought the book could help the increasing number of depressed people. I just wanted to share some of its content and its availability through Amazon, etc. Well, Burt came to our home for the interview, which turned out to be a delightful and unexpected time of fellowship in the Lord.. He did a masterful job in capturing my heart and mission, and I wanted to share it with you. To God be the Glory!
With our ongoing love and gratitude,
Bill & Chris