Hi, I’m Rev. Bill Haley, your instructor for Essential Christianity!
I am the co-founder and Executive Director of Coracle, a ministry devoted to “Spiritual Formation for Kingdom Action.” I am also an Anglican priest and spiritual director, having graduated from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. My life has been profoundly shaped by many international experiences, particularly in places of deep brokenness in the world, and I have devoted many years to ministering in urban and rural contexts, especially in inner-city Washington, D.C and at the Corhaven Retreat Center in the Shenandoah Valley. With his wife Tara and four kids, Bill currently live in Northern Virginia.
From 1996-2019, I ministered with The Falls Church Anglican in Falls Church, VA, and I was the founding Rector of St. Brendan’s in the City in Washington, D.C. I served as the Director of Formation for The Washington Institute and previously served as president of The Regeneration Forum and publisher of re:generation quarterly, a magazine devoted to “Community Transforming Culture.” I have also served on staff at the Servant Leadership School of Church of the Savior in Washington, as a founding board member and then President of the Southeast D.C. Partners, as chairman of the board for the Anglican Relief and Development Fund, as a member of the Advisory Council for The Telos Group, and as co-founder of the Repentance Project. I currently serve as a founding board member of the Center for Formation, Justice, and Peace.
My writing has been published in The Washington Post, re:generation quarterly, Prism, and Sojourners magazines, Inward/Outward of The Servant Leadership School, and The Washington Institute. I have compiled several original editions of poetry and prayers, and my interests include fly-fishing, jogging, and hiking, the visual arts and diverse music, reading, writing, and long conversations over a good cup of coffee (or wine).
Because of such diverse experiences in life and around the world and so many questions to ask and so many things that matter, my life has been fired by the phrase “in Christ all things hold together.” I want to be able to live and say with the same passion of St. Paul, “It is no longer I who live; it is Christ who lives in me.”