Dr. William Michael Nieporte Sr. (Bill ) was born in Middletown, Connecticut on September 5, 1963. He became a Christ-follower at age nine under the ministry of the First Baptist Church of Ormond Beach, FL.
Throughout his teenage years, Bill was an active participant in the life of the church, attending Bible Studies, Mission Trips, Youth Choir, and numerous other activities. Bill preached one of his first sermons at age 13 to a worship gathering with over 600 in attendance. He was allotted 25 minutes, but finished in about three. The congregation was very kind and supportive, and Bill’s passion for preaching and teaching continues till this day.
Feeling called by God to enter the ministry, Bill pursued this call through studies at Stetson University, Deland Florida. While a student at Stetson, he served as a Student Summer Missionary in Canada. He also spent two summers in youth ministry at The College Park Baptist Church in Orlando, FL and The First Baptist Church of Palatka, FL.
Following graduation from Stetson University, Bill attended The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he concurrently served two rural congregations. While in seminary, he met Jeana Murray, a fellow student. The two were married in 1989 and now have two children.
Michelle, age 24, is good student and a gifted actor and public speaker with an interest in culture and the arts. She is an independent person with a gentle heart for the downtrodden. She is a recent graduate of the Randolph-Macon College with a Theatre major and Communications minor. She currently performs improvisational comedy with a team at Richmond’s “Comedy Sports Improv.”
Michael, age 18, is an extremely intelligent child, full of positive energy and a desire to learn. He is very talkative and energetic. He is a gifted muscian, playing the French Horn, Trumpet, and Melophone. He is a music composer and has won several contest for his musical pieces. He is also a math whiz and self-described techno-geek. He is currently a freshman at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Honor’s Program studying Computer Programming.
Jeana is a gifted minister, preacher, and educator. Recently she was employed by Huntington Learning Center as a Center Director.
In 1997, Bill completed the Doctor of Ministry degree at the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.
Dr. Bill Nieporte’s Philosophy Of Ministry
A Grace Orientation – I treat others with the same love and acceptance with which God has treated me.
Intimacy With God – I chose a relationship with God over simply being religious.
Biblical Authority – I study the Bible for life transformation, not simply religious information.
Teamwork – I seek to be a part of Spirit-led ministry teams seeking to advance the Kingdom of God.
Dependence On God – I take risks and act with courageous faith.
Outreach – I seek the best methods for communicating the message of God’s abundant love for all people.
Worship – I lead worship services aimed at bringing honor to God through expressions of gratitude and praise.
1997 – Doctor of Ministry, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC
1989 – Master of Divinity, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
1985 – Bachelor of Arts, Stetson University, Deland, FL
1981 – Diploma, Mainland High School, Daytona Beach, FL
2007 – Now Pastor, Patterson Avenue Baptist Church, Richmond, VA
2000 – 2007 Pastor, Red Bank Baptist Church, Marionville, VA
1996 – 2000 Pastor, Unity Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC
1989 – 1996 Pastor, Morattico Baptist Church, Kilmarnock, VA
1985 – 1989 Pastor, Valley City Church, Valley City, IN
1985 – 1989 Pastor, Salem Church, Albany, IN
1985 Youth Minister, Christ Evangelical, Louisville, KY
1984 Summer Youth Minister, First Baptist, Palatka, FL
1983 Ministry Intern, College Park Baptist Church, Orlando, Florida
1982 Summer Youth Missionary to Canada, Florida Baptist Convention
2012-2013 Baptist General Association of Virginia, Memorial Committee
2009-2011 VA Baptist Mission Board, Committee on Boards & Committees, Chair
2009–2010 Richmond Baptist Association, Budget Committee, Chair
2004-2006 VA Baptist Mission Board, Chair, Courageous Churches Committee
2006-2008 Baptist General Association of VA, Chair, Christian Life Committee
2004-2006 VA Baptist Mission Board, Executive Committee
2002-2006 Accomac-Northampton Baptist Association, VA Baptist Mission Board
2002-2006 Accomac-Northampton Baptist Association, Discipleship Director
2002-2004 VA Baptist Mission Board, Young Leaders Program
2003-2004 Baptist General Association of VA, Program Committee, Co-Chair
1995-1996 Baptist General Association of VA, Religious Liberty Committee Chair
1994-1995 Baptist General Association of VA, Evangelism Task Force
1993-1995 Rappahanock Baptist Association, Discipleship Director
VA Baptist Mission Board, Sermon, “Ain’t It Awful?” www.consideryourcall.org
Religious Herald, Guest Editorial, “CP Power”
Religious Herald, Guest Editorial, Kingdom Advance 2.0
Biblical Recorder, Sunday School Literature
Religious Herald, Sunday School Literature
Honors And Awards
Virginia Union Seminary, Evans-Smith Leadership Institute Instructor
The duPont Foundation, Professional Development Grant
The Patillo Foundation, Middle East Travel Award
American Red Cross of the Eastern Shore, Board Of Directors
Lighthouse Ministries Homeless Shelter, Board Of Directors