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 currently written a companion book for John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, connecting Scripture and personal life.
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.
One of 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. An Advent book should also be available for Christmas of 2020. 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.
Ann is also working with Bill to compile a book about Pastoral Prayers: the How and the Why. This book will contain many of Bill’s prayers written and delivered during his last pastorate. Ann is also editing transcripts of Bill’s taped sermons, preparing for more publications.
Photo was taken at Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, a stop on our Amtrak Train tour out West in 2008.