Bill Purvis was born on May 16, 1956 in Okinawa, Japan and grew up in Eufaula, Alabama. Two weeks prior to his spiritual conversion, a young witness for Christ would tell Bill, “Everything you are looking for can be found in Jesus”. On April 28, 1974, Bill would be stabbed 3 times with a butcher knife and left for dead. It was in his dying state that he repented of his sins and cried out to God, receiving Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. That became the turning point of his life. His transformation resulted in an undeniable love for God and an urgency to tell others of Jesus. While a Business Administration student at Opelika State College, (now Southern Union College) he sensed a definite call to ministry one year after his conversion.
He has earned the following degrees from Luther Rice Seminary: Master of Arts, Master of Divinity, and Doctor of Ministry. He also holds an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from The Southern California Theological Seminary.
He was invited to serve for almost 7 years successfully as a youth pastor in three churches where each youth ministry experienced growth and the favor of God.
Bill has served at three churches since the time he was ordained to ministry in 1977.
- At Unity Baptist Church, 1976-78, where he served under Rev. Daniel Jones. He was ordained to ministry on October 11, 1977.
- At Cascade Hills, 1978-80, where he served under Dr. Jim Lee. He married Deborah Michelle Raybon, of Pinellas Park, Florida on July 1, 1980.
- At Pinehurst Baptist Church, 1980-83, where he served under Dr. Tony R. Dickerson.
- Easter Sunday morning of April, 1983, with only 32 people present, Bill and Debbie were called to the Cascade Hills Church of Columbus, Georgia as Senior Pastor. The membership has grown today to exceed 8,000. His ministry at Cascade Hills has been blessed with uncommon anointing.