William W. McDermet III is a native of Nebraska. He holds degrees from Nebraska Wesleyan University (BA), Texas Christian University (MDiv), and Christian Theological Seminary (DMin) Indianapolis. At CTS, he was elected to the International Society of Theta Phi, in recognition of high attainment in scholarship. He is a retired pastor of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). For fourteen years, he was senior pastor of the Downey Avenue Christian Church in Indianapolis.
Over 370 articles, prayers, poems, and meditations have appeared in newspapers: the Des Moines Register, Decatur Herald & Review (Illinois), the Indianapolis Star Magazine, the Ottumwa Courier, the Post-Journal (Jamestown, New York), the Tennessean, and the Buffalo News.
The major part of his religious writing has been within the Disciples, with material also published by American Baptist, Church of the Brethren, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Mennonite, Southern Baptist, United Church of Christ, and United Methodist.