Bill Ury was raised in Taiwan as the son of United Methodist missionaries. His B.A. degree from Asbury College in History was completed in 1978. Beginning his M. Div. degree in Israel, he studied for a year at the Institute of Holy Land Studies on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem. After completing seminary at Asbury Theological Seminary, he received his doctorate in 1991 from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. While there, he and his wife, Diane, served as associate pastors in a Chinese-American United Methodist Church in Chinatown, New York City. After graduate work he began to teach Systematic and Historical theology at Wesley Biblical Seminary where he had the privilege of serving for twenty four years. Bill is an adjunct professor at several institutions.
Bill married the former Diane Nelson of Lapeer, Michigan and a graduate of Asbury College, in 1984. They reside in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. They have three daughters JoAnna married to Matt Pittman, Maighdlin, and Meredith, and a son, Seth all of whom either graduated from or are attending Asbury University. They are also the proud grandparents of Ryland who is eight months old. The Urys are the pastors at Elizabeth City Evangelical Methodist Church. Bill has taught Sunday School weekly, preached, and led seminars for over thirty five years. For seventeen years Bill also has had the privilege of being the seminary preacher on a nationwide program under the auspices of American Family Radio, entitled “The Hour of Holiness.” Beyond writing various articles on biblical and theological themes, he has published three books, Trinitarian Personhood, In His Image with co-author, Dr. Allan Coppedge and Forgiveness from the Heart.
At present Dr. Ury finds another complementary ministry to teaching and preaching in leading several accountability groups. The Urys have an intense interest in missions and have served overseas often. Both Bill and Diane are fully committed to any and every ministry within Methodism which clearly aligns itself to the historic bases and contemporary expressions of consensual Christianity and the Wesleyan/Holiness tradition. Bill’s calling and personal desire is to incorporate sound, rigorous Christian theological thinking with pastoral care and personal compassion.