William is an entrepreneur, pastor, speaker, author, and CEO & founder of Vanderbloemen. He is a regular contributor to Forbes and is frequently asked to contribute to many media outlets on staff culture and team building.
As CEO & founder of Vanderbloemen, an executive search firm that helps churches and faith-based organizations find their key staff, William's passion is helping leaders of faith build, run, and keep great teams. Hiring was William's number one issue and roadblock as a pastor and is his number one focus as an entrepreneur.
William has been able to combine over 15 years of ministry experience as a Senior Pastor with the best practices of Executive Search to provide churches with a unique offering: a deep understanding of local church work with the very best knowledge and practices of professional executive search.
Prior to his founding Vanderbloemen, William studied executive search under a mentor with over 25 years of executive search at the highest level. His learning taught him the very best corporate practices, including the search strategies used by the internationally known firm Russell Reynolds.
William also has experience as a Manager in Human Resources in a Fortune 200 company, where he focused on the integration of corporate culture and succession planning.
All of these experiences have come together with his pastoral work to form a unique gift for helping faith-based organizations connect with the right key people.
Prior to executive search, William led growth and innovation in churches in North Carolina, Alabama, and Houston. During his time in Alabama, William had the chance to help rebuild and relocate an ailing congregation, and lead them to new levels of growth. At 31, he was elected Senior Pastor for the First Presbyterian Church of Houston, a church of about 5,000 adults and 1,500 children strong. It is Houston's oldest congregation.
William is regularly invited to speak across the country in both church services and as a resource to churches and conferences on leadership. His book Next: Pastoral Succession That Works on effective pastoral leadership and succession was released through Baker Books in September 2014, and his book Search: The Pastoral Search Committee Handbook was released through B&H Books in June 2016. His latest book is Culture Wins: The Roadmap To An Irresistible Workplace and was released through Savio Republic in 2018.
William holds degrees from Wake Forest University and Princeton Theological Seminary.
William is an avid social networker. Whether connecting with friends, candidates for searches he is doing, he loves to network, and he would love to interact with you through Facebook and/or Twitter. Follow him at @wvanderbloemen.
William, his wife Adrienne, their seven children, and their poodles Moses and Pearl live in Houston. In his free time, William enjoys running, working out, and caddying for his kids, who are now better golfers than he is.
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