The Rev. William (Bill) Cruse was ordained to the priesthood by the bishop and people of the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire. Bill earned a Master of Divinity at Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge MA, and a Certificate in International Ecumenism and Mission from the Boston Theological Institute in May 2015. During the Spring semester 2014 he studied at the Divinity School of Chung Chi College, Chinese University of Hong Kong. Bill works with The Kaleidoscope Institute (KI) in congregational vitality, multiculturalism, and sustainable missional ministry, starting as a workshop participant in 1997, then Facilitator. Bill is a Sr. Associate and co-facilitating workshops in the United States and Canada with seminaries, local congregations and regional judicatories of the Episcopal, Methodist and Presbyterian churches, and the KI ecumenical institutes. As a consultant with KI, he is the East Coast Regional Director. In addition, Bill is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory® and an intercultural competency coach.
Bill and his family live in Ossining NY, and enjoy summers at a rustic, 100+ year old log cabin in the White Mountains of NH (camping with broadband - working from some place nice). Bill is an Education for Ministry (EfM) trainer and mentor, avid gardener, gourmet cook, and enjoys day hikes in all seasons. He grew up on the south shore of Lake Erie, west of Cleveland in a sailing family, and earned Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Voice Performance from Ohio University. Bill sang professionally in NYC, worked as a singer/actor on two European tours, was Volunteer Coordinator for AIDS-Related Community Services, and executive assistant to the founder of a software company through a successful merger and acquisition. He then became a facilities manager for a global software company managing four properties in the USA. His faith, and a awareness of vocation, drew him back to the Church, and ordained ministry, to empower God's people to spread the Gospel of Love, social justice, and to know God's kin-dom that's here for everyone.