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In Appreciation: Brent Bill

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By The Staff of FGC | 10/04/17


How do you say good-bye to a faithful Friend who identifies himself as a “Bad Quaker”? We’ll find out later this month when Brent Bill, Associate Secretary for Communications, Publications, and Outreach, retires from FGC to devote more time to his family and to his ministry as an author and speaker.

Brent came to FGC in 2012 to coordinate the New Meetings Project, a program that nurtured new Quaker worship groups and meetings. Under his guidance, FGC helped support the formation of twenty-five new worship groups in the United States between 2012 and 2015. Many of the resources he and others authored for the New Meetings Project continue to be available from the FGC website and are in use by Friends around the world.

In 2015, Brent accepted the role of Associate Secretary for Communications, Publications, and Outreach at FGC. During his term, he oversaw FGC’s book publishing, the operations of QuakerBooks, and our overall communications strategy, including the Quaker Cloud.

While at FGC Brent also wrote three books: Finding God in the Verbs (co-written with Jennie Isbell), Life Lessons from a Bad Quaker, and the second edition of one of his most celebrated works, Holy Silence.

Though Brent is looking forward to being “Associate Secretary of Retired,” we will miss his tremendous sense of humor, his effectiveness as a manager, and his deep knowledge of Quaker practice.  FGC plans to launch a search for a new staff member to oversee some of Brent’s former responsibilities in early November after the governing body of FGC, Central Committee, has reviewed our institutional priorities.

Please join us in thanking Brent for his service as he transitions into a new chapter in his life.