Rev. William Faison (Bill) Heustess, Jr. is a native of Kershaw, South Carolina. Born on March 31, 1957, he is the oldest of three children born to the late William F. Heustess, Sr. and late Mary Lena Love Heustess. His family held leadership roles at Kershaw First Methodist Church. After Bill's father died unexpectedly in 1966, men in the church and community served as role models for him.
While in high school, he attended an interdenominational youth group. In 1972, he went with members of the youth group to an evangelistic service which was sponsored by the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship and held at Florence-Darlington Technical College. After listening to the testimony of a Messianic Jew named Marvin Aranov, his heart was strangely warmed, and he was born again.
In 1968, Bill joined Boy Scout Troop 74. Five years later, he became an Eagle Scout. As the Senior Patrol Leader of Troop 74, he led expeditions to the National Boy Scout Jamboree at Moraine State Park in Pennsylvania in 1973 and to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico in 1975.
He was the valedictorian of the 1975 graduating class of Andrew Jackson High School in Kershaw, South Carolina (where the school's mascot is a Volunteer, and the school colors are orange and white!). Bill earned an Associate in Arts Degree from the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, SC in 1977 and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky in 1980. While serving as the part-time youth minister at Central United Methodist Church in Linwood, New Jersey in 1981, Bill answered the call to ministry. In early 1982, he enrolled in the Master Divinity Program at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY.
Bill graduated from seminary in May 1985 and was ordained a few weeks later by the South Carolina Annual Conference. During his 33 years of pastoral ministry, Bill has served a wide variety of churches. During his second appointment to a two point charge in Florence, South Carolina, he organized the Wesley Fellowship at Francis Marion College and served as the campus minister from 1992-1994.
In September 1985, Bill married an Asbury Seminary classmate, Kathy Thompson, the only daughter of the late Glenn R. Thompson and Barbara Sells Thompson. Kathy is a native of Washington Court House, Ohio. She earned a bachelor's degree in Social Work from Ohio Northern University, a Master of Arts in Religion from Asbury Theological Seminary and a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of South Carolina. Kathy was a Deacon in Full Connection in the South Carolina Annual Conference and is a licensed practical social worker and therapist. In 2003, she became the clinical director of the Coastal Samaritan Counseling Center in Myrtle Beach, SC. She was the Executive Director of the Coastal Samaritan Counseling Center from 2006 until she accepted the position of Director of the Holston Center for Well-Being in 2018.
Prior to accepting his appointment to Rutherford Memorial, Bill was a member of the Discipleship Team of the Marion District Connectional Ministries Team and served as one of two Discipleship Team Representatives from the Marion District on the South Carolina Annual Conference Connectional Ministries Team. He was the Secretary-Treasurer of the Board of Higher Education & Campus Ministries and was one of the leaders of a Marion District mentoring group for local pastors. Bill was the pastor of Shiloh United Methodist Church in Marion, South Carolina from 1994-2018.
Bill enjoys hiking, cycling or kayaking as well as studying the Bible, writing and teaching Bible studies, reading books, watching college football and basketball games, singing and listening to music, traveling and learning about local history. He also enjoys doing genealogical research so he can continue expanding his family tree.
The Reverends Bill and Kathy Heustess are the parents of two children: twenty year old John Philip who is a student at the Pittsburg Institute of Aeronautics in Myrtle Beach, SC and thirteen year old Bethany Grace who will be a Freshman at Gibbs High School in fall 2018.