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. Ann has connected with pro-life issues and writing. She has found her voice in writing memoirs and personal experiences. Ann is currently writing a book connecting personal life with John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress. She is also working with Bill to compile a book about Pastoral Prayers: the How and the Why. The book will contain many of Bill’s prayers written and delivered during his last pastorate. Another book, one of Bill’s sermon series, is in the works as of 2019. Ann is also editing transcripts of Bill’s taped sermons, preparing for more publications.
We’ve been living the ABC’s — Ann and Bill Coker — together for 62 years as of August 24th, 2019. 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 — three generations in one home in Indianapolis. 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.
Photo was taken at Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, a stop on our Amtrack Train tour out West in 2008.