William (Bill) Hamel, M.Div., has served the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) as its President since 1997. While giving overall directional leadership to the EFCA, Hamel’s responsibilities include leading the EFCA Directional Team and the Missional Integration Team at the EFCA national office. He also works directly with the 17 EFCA district superintendents.
Hamel is responsible to the EFCA Board of Directors, and takes seriously his role of encouraging and building into the lives of the national office staff. He recently led the denomination through the adoption of the new EFCA Statement of Faith, and continues to bring vision for the future.
Prior to serving as EFCA President, Hamel’s varied experiences equipped him for his current position. He has served the EFCA in the roles of local church pastor, district superintendent and executive vice president. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, as well as honorary doctorates from Trinity Western University and Trinity International University.
Hamel and his wife, Karen, have two married daughters and five energetic grandchildren: Emma, Ian, Will, Linnea and Ethan.