The Pacific Conference is a network of Brethren in Christ congregations located in California and Oregon.

As part of the BIC U.S., we facilitate church planting, hiring and supporting local pastors, and developing ministry initiatives within the Pacific Conference.

Meet Bishop Bill Donner

Bill Donner, bishop of the Pacific Conference

Bill has served as bishop of the Pacific Conference since 2023.

Bill first came to faith as a teenager and was introduced to the Brethren in Christ through a church plant in his hometown of Walnut, California. That congregation nourished, challenged, and strengthened Bill’s fledgling faith, ultimately inspiring him to become a BIC pastor.

Over the course of his ministry, he served in various roles at Walnut Valley BIC, New Community BIC in Pomona, Calif., and Gateway Karis BIC in Chino, Calif. He sat on the BIC Commission on Ministry and Doctrine from 2004 to 2016 and has taught two Directed Study Program courses. Outside of the BIC, Bill was the chief operations officer for Mercy Ships and was on the leadership council of Youth with a Mission (YWAM) Ships, both organizations that provide medical care to isolated coastal communities through hospital ships.

Bill received a bachelor’s degree in government from Pomona College and a masters of divinity and cross-cultural studies from Fuller Theological Seminary.

His wife Janet served alongside him throughout his decades of ministry. She dealt with complications from a brain tumor for many years and passed into the Lord’s presence in December of 2021. Bill lives in Diamond Bar, Calif., and enjoys fishing and woodworking in his free time. He has four adult children.

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