Bill came to First Presbyterian as Pastor in August 2010, but his association with the church actually began many years ago. He and his wife, Deb Krause-Perman, were married at First Pres and remained friends of the church. A native of Washington state, Bill has served at several churches in the St. Louis area, most recently at Southampton Presbyterian Church.
A native of Yakima, Washington, Bill spent most of his time growing up in and around the Seattle area. Baptized in the Roman Catholic faith, his upbringing was an ecumenical faith journey through the Episcopal tradition to the Swedish Covenant Church. Bill graduated from Seattle Pacific University, a Free Methodist school, with a degree in Religion/Greek. Feeling the call to ministry, he began his theological education at Eden Seminary in Webster Groves, at which time he joined and became a candidate in the PCUSA. Bill graduated from Columbia Seminary (of the PCUSA) in Decatur, Georgia with a Master of Divinity with academic distinction.
In 1992, Bill and Deb (also a PCUSA minister) moved from Decatur to Webster Groves to start their respective ministries – Bill as a Solo Pastor and Deb as an Assistant Professor of New Testament at Eden.
The Krause-Permans live in Webster Groves on the campus of Eden Seminary, where Deb is now Academic Dean and Professor of New Testament. Bill and Deb have two daughters. Bill is a potter, bakes sourdough bread and pizza regularly, enjoys cooking, cycling and sailing.