Jesse W. “Bill” Addison is a hospital chaplain; he was ordained and commissioned by the Southern Baptist Convention and the North American Mission Board, respectively.
Bill graduated with a degree in business management from Texas State University in 1968. Following graduation, he volunteered for service as a United States Marine. Bill completed Officer Candidate School in 1969 and went on to perform duties as a logistics and data systems officer. He retired from active duty in 1991 as a lieutenant colonel. Bill distinguished himself during his military service with a United States Navy commendation medal and two United States meritorious service medals.
Bill served the State of Texas for a total of thirteen years in Austin, conducting multiple audits of agency-wide programs and performing managerial duties within state agencies. Along the way, he also completed an accounting degree from Park University and a master’s in business management and accounting from National University. He earned five professional managerial, accounting, and auditing certifications before answering God’s long-standing call to ministry.
Following the loss of his first wife, Judy, to breast cancer in 2003, Bill attended Memphis Theological Seminary, where he graduated magna cum laude in 2007 with a master of divinity. He then served as a chaplain in two VA hospitals. Now retired, he serves as a part-time volunteer hospital chaplain in the Houston area and fulfills pulpit supply opportunities for churches in the greater Houston area. He teaches an in-depth weekly men’s Bible study in a large Harris-Montgomery County neighborhood community, and he also serves as a guest lecturer for colleges, organizations, and churches. Bill has two married daughters and three grandchildren. His second wife, Christi, has two children and five grandchildren.