We met in New Orleans before Ann was old enough to date. We married in 1957 while Bill pastored a church in Mississippi. We have four grown children, ten living grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren. Most of Bill’s ministry has been connected with teaching and pastoring. He served as a professor at Asbury Theological Seminary, and professor and dean at Asbury College (University). His pastoral ministry started in Louisiana, then Mississippi and Kentucky, and ending in Indiana at World Gospel Church as senior pastor for 19 years. He retired in 2008..
Ann has connected with pro-life issues and writing. She has found her voice in writing memoirs and personal experiences. You can connect with her writing on her blog: http://www.abcoker.blog Ann has written a companion book for John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, connecting Scripture and personal life. Submission to a traditional publisher is in process.
We’ve been living the ABC’s — Ann and Bill Coker — together for 63 years as of August 24th, 2020. We are one, connected but also individuals. We have served together, yet each has had a different ministry. Bill and Ann are both retired and find pleasure in each day’s opportunity to express our love and to serve others.
July 2017 we moved from our four-bedroom home in Terre Haute, Indiana, to live as family with our daughter and her husband. We have the East Wing as an apartment, sharing the kitchen and dining area. We also watch lots of sports and movies together in the family room. We gave away lots of stuff but have more than we need. We enjoy visits from family members and friends, but during this pandemic we want all to be safe.
Bill’s sermon series on the Ten Commandments will be on the press in December of 2020. The title is: Words of Endearment: the Ten Commandments as a Revelation of God’s Love.
The next book in line will be Pastoral Prayers: the How and the Why. This book is a collection of Bill’s prayers written and delivered during his pastorate at World Gospel Church, Terre Haute, IN. Included are prayers during Sunday morning worship, weddings, funerals, and benedictions.
An Advent book should also be available for Christmas of 2021. It’s the series on Zechariah, Joseph, Mary, and Jesus. The title is The Irreverence of the Incarnation. Keep a look-out for these books on Amazon.
Photo was taken at Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, a stop on our Amtrak Train tour out West in 2008.