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.
I must say that we are enjoying the gradual “release” from the quarantine. Some short trips to the lake and stopping for ice cream, have helped curb any bouts of “cabin fever.” We’ve even developed a new appreciation for our front porch, smelling “the roses” and greeting neighbors. It’s been a time of refreshment and quietness; a return to simplicity and a break from the barrage of distressing world news.
Chris is doing well without the oxygen mask, though having some lower leg discomfort. Her low blood count (anemia) demands a frequent “booster” (Aranesp) shot which stimulates the bone marrow to produce more red blood cells. This is in lieu of risky blood transfusions. It’s good to witness her renewed interest in cooking (for more than one reason. Ha!)
With no intent of annoying Chris and/or the neighbors, I have “picked up” my saxophone after a seven-decade lay-off! Yes, I can still “honk” (like a goose) but am making some progress. Hymns like “Great is Thy Faithfulness” have become especially meaningful in light of our country’s division and dilemma. The song is based on Lam. 3:22-24, where the prophet Jeremiah stands weeping in the midst of the burning ruins of Jerusalem, now under God’s judgment.. Exhorting the godly remnant, Jeremiah cries out, “It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness…therefore will I hope in him.”
My heavy heart identifies with that plea as I witness our lawless and ungodly society. I’m sure glad the Lord understands even when I don’t have a clue. Let us “be strong and of good courage” in these challenging days! Thanks for standing with us in prayer. Be blessed and stay well.
Bill & Chris