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Billy grew up in Collierville, Tennessee, a town just east of Memphis. He responded to God’s call to preach the gospel while he was a sophomore at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. After graduating from Baylor, he went on to receive a Master’s Degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. His educational experience in Dallas was enriched by his involvement at Prestonwood Baptist Church where he served as pastoral intern and interim College Minister.
After graduation from DTS, Billy returned to his home church of First Baptist, Collierville and served as Assistant to the Pastor and Minister of Youth for several years. It was during this time on a trip to Georgia that he met Miriam Harris through a mutual friend. Miriam’s dad is Gerald Harris who pastored for 40 years and is the retired editor of the Georgia Baptist state paper - The Christian Index. Billy and Miriam married in April of 1992 and they moved to the Atlanta area in January of 1993 when Billy was called to be the pastor at Ephesus. Billy is a self-described "Andy Griffith fanatic."
During his first few years at Ephesus, Billy earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological seminary. Under Billy’s leadership at Ephesus, the church has grown from being a smaller family church to a growing community church and now a mission-minded regional church which is impacting West Georgia and the world for Christ.
Billy and Miriam both love music and have sung together over the years at several churches throughout the convention. Miriam is the church pianist. They have three grown children: Hayley Echols, Harris, and Hope.
Billy is excited about what the Lord is doing in and through Ephesus. His daily prayer is, “Lord, help me to hear YOUR VOICE above all others.”