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Life's Serendipity

Senior Pastor Bill Hayden
Date Published: 
Friday, September 21, 2018

     Are there some things that have happened in your life that you never dreamed you would be doing? Many things happened in my life from my youth to my adulthood that I never imagined. I never thought that the family would come back together under one roof. Eventually, we all came together, though brief. 

     I never dreamed of my life drastically changing within a year out of high school. My girlfriend’s (whom I’m married to this day) pastor reached out to me and encouraged me to apply to a Methodist College that I had never heard of, the University of Wilberforce in Xenia, Ohio. I attended a semester, returning home to the Gary Steele Mills to earn money because I had no financial support. I participated in evening classes at the Indiana University Northwest while working full time. 

     The following year I became a Christian, got married, had a calling to the ministry and joined the U.S. Navy. A year later my wife and I moved to California, driving from Indiana in a 67 Volkswagen in mid-November. That's a story all in itself! 

     After leaving the Military, I landed a job at Hewlett Packard, went back to college to study Human Resource, purchased my first home and retired from HP after 29 years. All the while, I continued to pursue ministry and was ordained in 1976 by the Church of God Anderson, Indiana. I received my degree in Theology from the Southern California School of Ministry in Los Angeles, CA (an affiliate of The Church of God).

     Unimaginable! I’ve been in ministry for 46 years with all events leading me here, to this day in my life. Psalms 37:23-24 NIV “The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with His hand.”

     Come and join us as we reflect all the good things in our lives at the Villages Community Chapel in the Cribari Auditorium each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. A chapel is a place for Needs to be Met, Faith to be Affirmed and People to Love. We would love to meet you. To learn more about the Villages Community Chapel visit our website at You can hear previous and current Sunday Sermons.