The board of New Church Family announced Sunday, Aug. 16, that it has hired the Rev. William K. Dunlap as its part-time pastor. Rev. Bill, 66, is an ordained minister of United Church of Christ with more than 35 years of experience at UCC (Congregational) churches in Florida, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Ohio and Indiana. NCF will continue its ministry as a nondenominational Christian church, welcoming people of all faith backgrounds as well as the unchurched.
A covenant between Rev. Bill and the board calls for the pastor to work a 20-hour week, with emphasis on Sunday worship. He also will be available for emergency needs, such as hospital and hospice visits.
Rev. Bill has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Westfield State College in Massachusetts and a divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School. He and his partner Wayne McLean reside in Deltona. Until early 2019, he served as a supply pastor at Deltona UCC. He joined NCF as an interim pastor in May and was approved by the congregation for the pastor’s position in July.
Rev. Bill is the 10th clergy person to lead NCF since it was founded in 1986. He succeeds the Rev. Donna Choate, who retired in February after six years as lay leader and pastor. The church has been worshiping at 3520 W. International Speedway Blvd, near the I-4 intersection, since 2012 and has an active membership of about 40.