Bill’s Bio



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 28, 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 22, 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 recently graduated from Virginia Commonwealth  University and is a programmer working for a major international corporation.

Jeana is a gifted minister, preacher, and educator. She is employed by Henrico County as a SPED teacher.

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

Congregational Leadership

2007 – 2017, 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

Denominational Leadership

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?” 
Religious Herald, Guest Editorial, “CP Power”
Religious Herald, Guest Editorial, Kingdom Advance 2.0
Biblical Recorder, Sunday School Literature
Religious Herald, Sunday School Literature

Doctoral Thesis, “The Challenge of Post-Modernism: An Anabaptist Response”

Honors And Awards

Virginia Union Seminary, Evans-Smith Leadership Institute Instructor
The duPont Foundation, Professional Development Grant
The Patillo Foundation, Middle East Travel Award

Civic Involvement

American Red Cross of the Eastern Shore, Board Of Directors
Lighthouse Ministries Homeless Shelter, Board Of Directors

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3 Responses to “Bill’s Bio”

  1. Jack Nieporte says:

    Hi Bill
    It’s Jack Nieporte one of your many relatives that lives out in Utah. I have an ongoing ‘alert’ on Google for anything ‘Nieporte’ that comes out. I regularly receive your weekly thoughts and sermons and enjoy them.

    The purpose of this comment is not so much on the topic of genealogy that we have discussed at some length in the past, but on another subject: the gospel. Would you have the time and interest to begin a discussion with me like this? We belong to different churches of course, but we have Jesus Christ as our common denominator. Please let me know of your thoughts and also your regular email address that we can then communicate through. I look forward to hearing from you as your time permits. My email address is

    Your friend

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  3. Paul Gray says:

    Bill, I just found out about you via Rudy Z in Canada. I’m a fellow pastor & friend of Steve McVey & Baxter Kruger…both of whom came for three day seminars with us…two years apart. You and I seem to be “kindred spirits” — How is your church handling that? I’m founding pastor (1991) of New Life In Christ In Lawrence, Ks (30 miles from Kansas City)and when we moved to grace, then Trinitarian finished work teaching and living we lost about 70% of our church. Those who remain are wonderful and have been greatly affected by God’s unconditional love, radical grace and inclusion. But it’s hard building back up to a sustainable base. I can’t go back to religion, but I’d sure like to hear from another pastor who has weathered the storm! Love to visit with you. Paul Gray

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