Husband, father, student minister, speaker, author – Bill Nance has spent over 15 years ministering in the trenches of youth ministry. Over the years, he’s ministered to hundreds of teens and helped many to have a vibrant, growing relationship with Christ. He has a passion for ministering to teens.
His 15 years in youth ministry have been spent in volunteer, part time, and full time positions in churches of various sizes, shapes, and locations. He’s been in small churches and large. He’s worked in urban, rural, and suburban settings. He has been where you are, and knows the struggles and joys of student ministry.
Over the past few years, God has been leading Bill into an exciting new adventure. In 2012, he began working at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank in Columbus, OH – one of the largest food banks in the country. Initially, he worked in the volunteer department. Each year, he worked with the over 13,000 volunteers who give their time to serve at the foodbank. He recently was promoted to working with the over 500 food pantries and soup kitchens (95% of which are churches) who partner with the food bank to help them feed hungry people better. This new adventure has helped to grow his understanding of what it means to be the church in a hurting world, and to gain a greater appreciation for the body of Christ that is doing far more than we realize.
While this new venture has been underway, God has also opened doors Bill thought unimagineable a few years ago. He has spoke at different youth ministries across the midwest, and share the gospel in his own unique way. He has been able to write for several different publications – Group Magazine, youthministry.com, morethandodgeball.com, and Youthministry360.com among others. He has also contributed to a number of youth ministry curriculum. He is a part of the Simply Youth Ministry IT3 team which helps to plan the Simply Youth Ministry Conference each year, and even got to lead a few peer panel workshops at the conference.
Bill is a great youth ministry speaker that would love to speak at your next event. You can find out what he offers your ministry by clicking on What Bill Offers. If you have any questions, you can check the Frequently Asked Questions section. If you’re ready to book him for your next event, you can click on the booking section.
Bill is 34 years old and married to his beautiful wife for over 9 years. They have four incredible children together. His family is the joy of his life. Except for the volumes of laundry they produce. In his rare spare time, he loves watching movies, watching and playing sports, reading, and hanging out with friends.read more
Frequently Asked Questions
HOW MUCH DO YOU COST?
I speak to youth out of a desire to change lives, not to make money. I am trusting that God will provide financially. All I do ask is that you handle any transportation costs, and that you prayerfully consider any other financial gifts. I have spent a number of years in my youth ministry career at small churches with little or no budget, so I understand the financial constraints that often occur in ministry. I do Contact me and we can work out a way to work within your budget.
WHY SHOULD WE BRING YOU IN?
There are many brilliant youth speakers out there. I don’t consider myself better than any of these great guys and gals. I am simply honoring God by using my gift to help teens, which is my passion in life. I give a simple message that is nevertheless entertaining, and challenging. But, I think that because of the life experiences I’ve had I can relate to many of your teens. I grew up in the church, but spent time running from God and His calling on my life. I’ve been the nerd, the jock, the studious kid, the band geek, and all things in between. I’ve lived in the inner city, the suburbs, and the country. So I can speak, from experience, to what many of your teens are dealing with.
WHAT KIND OF EVENTS DO YOU DO?
I will come for any event as long as I can fit it into my schedule. Whether you are looking for a retreat speaker, a special event, training workshop, or whatever you need I can work with you to create a custom program to fit your needs.
HOW FAR WILL YOU TRAVEL?
I am willing to go anywhere to speak to teens, but I also have to balance family and life considerations. Contact me and we can see if its something we can work out. I live in central Ohio, so anything within driving distance would be easy to accommodate. Longer travel is also possible but contact me and we can see if we can work it out.
What is your theology?
I preach the Bible. If it is in there, I preach it. But, my focus is always on Jesus and making sure students KNOW Him, not just know about him, or know how to be good people, or be good church attenders. I know that there are many differing theologies and I will be sensitive to that if possible. If you have a specific theological concern you can of course discuss it with me, but I, like Paul, “resolve to know nothing but Christ and Him crucified.”