Name: Bill Arnold
Children: Meredith and Jonathan Grandchildren: Ryan, Mason, Jake, and Hank
Ministry: Providing financial resources for Texas missions
Position: President of the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation
Number of years: 30
Where did you grow up?
How old were you when you became a Christian and what is the strongest memory about that time?
Eight years old at an RA camp on the Mississippi coast.
Where did you do your undergrad?
If you did any post-graduate work, where did you attend and what degree did you earn?
Southwestern Seminary, MA in Education, College for Financial Planning, CFP
How did you get your start working with the foundation?
I helped start the Foundation at the request of Dr. Bill Pinson to raise funds to help start new churches.
How does your experience with missions now affect your work with the foundation?
I've been involved in missions for most of my life and the work of the Foundation is an extension and continuation of that involvement.
You've been with the foundation and the convention for many years. This demonstrates an obvious love and passion for your work. What has been the driving force in you being here for so long?
The Lord has been gracious to bless the work of the Foundation and to allow me to work with some incredibly generous donors. Every day is exciting.
What have been some of your favorite projects or initiatives during your time here?
Helping start 2,000 new churches during MISSION TEXAS, funding the construction of four BSM buildings on state college campuses, providing no-interest loans for many small churches and funding missionaries on state college campuses.
In the filming of some of the TBMF 30th Anniversary videos, you flew our video crew to Mississippi. How did you come to obtain your pilot's license?
I started flying when I was 15 years old. It was always something I wanted to do and so I did it.
What is your favorite plane to fly?
A Piper Cub and a Cessna 210
What is your favorite thing about flying?
The change of pace it provides from the typical routine of the day.
What are you most passionate about? How does this play into your daily life?
I'm most passionate about getting people involved in missions. It's what I do.
What is one piece of advice you would give someone who is on the fence about donating to missions?
Giving to missions is an investment in God's kingdom and is a gift that continues to make a difference for the Lord for generations to come.