Thu, Dec 16 2010
LeTourneau University President Dr. Dale Lunsford has named Dallas-based author and ministry leader Bill Peel as executive director of a new university initiative designed to equip, connect and mobilize Christians to live out their faith in the workplace. Peel will assume his new role effective Jan. 3, 2011.
“Bill will launch a new center that will begin implementation of our ‘Every Workplace; Every Nation’ strategic plan,” said LETU President Dr. Dale A. Lunsford. “Our vision is for workplaces led by men and women of professional competence and Christian character.”
Peel said he is looking forward to his new role.
“Being a witness for Christ is more about what you do than what you say,” Peel said. “Our goal is for students to graduate with an understanding that their work matters to God. Ephesians 2:10 says we were created for good works that God has prepared in advance for us to do. We want to help them gain a sense of what God has put in them to accomplish and to have confidence to serve Christ in whatever venue, whether building earthmoving machines, running a business, designing an airplane or serving as a missionary in a third-world country. LeTourneau University has an incredible heritage in the integration of faith and work in its founder, R.G. LeTourneau. I am excited to be part of it.”
Peel has more than 20 years experience helping people discover their calling, sharpen their work skills and become spiritually influential in their workplace settings. For the past seven years he has served as director of 24Seven Faith, a ministry he founded which focused on workplace discipleship, evangelism and leadership development. The ministry created resources and leading initiatives to equip and empower individuals to discover their role in God’s plan and build bridges of influence for God’s Kingdom to the workplace, community and the world.
Peel served as pastor of leadership development at Fellowship Bible Church-Dallas from 2000 to 2006, managing a staff of 80 people and leading the strategic planning process of organizational leadership change.
From 1993 to 2000, Peel was the director of the Paul Tournier Institute, the educational division of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations. He conducted educational conferences and created materials including the Saline Solution, a course to teach doctors how to share their faith in the workplace. That course is now taught all over the world.
As a speaker with Promise Keepers, Peel traveled extensively exhorting men at national men’s conferences to live their faith seven days a week. He founded Foundations for Living, a discipleship ministry to men, and has lead Bible studies, written curriculum, trained leaders and conducted city-wide evangelistic breakfasts.
In East Texas, Peel was the founding pastor of Bethel Bible Church in Tyler, which grew from 40 individuals to more than 400 adults from 1983 to 1987. Peel earned his bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University and his Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.
As a writer, Peel has authored or co-authored several books, including Workplace Grace (Zondervan 2010), What God Does When Men Lead (Tyndale, 2008), Going Public With Your Faith (Zondervan 2003), Discover Your Destiny (NavPress, 1996), Living in the Lab Without Smelling like a Cadaver (Paul Tournier Institue, 1999) and What God Does When Men Pray (NavPress, 1993). His books have been translated and published in Spanish, Dutch, Indonesian, Chinese and Russian.
He also has published articles in Christianity Today, Focus on the Family’s Physician magazine, InTouch, HomeLife, and others. His books were the Evangelical Christian Publishing Association Silver Medallion winners in 1994, 2004, and 2005 and won the Christianity Today Book of the Year Award for Evangelism and Apologetics in 2004.
He and his wife, Kathy, have been married for 39 years and have three grown sons.