Dr. William Ury

Bill UryBill Ury was raised in Taiwan as the son of missionaries. His B.A. from Asbury College in History was completed in 1978. Beginning his M. Div. in Israel, he studied for a year at the Institute of Holy Land Studies on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem. After completing seminary at Asbury Theological Seminary, he received his doctorate in 1991 from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. While there, he and his wife, Diane, served as associate pastors in a Chinese-American United Methodist Church in Chinatown, New York City.

Bill and Diane are pastors at the Elizabeth City Evangelical Methodist Church. Bill has taught Sunday School weekly, preached, and led seminars for nearly forty years. Bill also has had the privilege of being the seminary preacher on a nationwide program under the auspices of American Family Radio, entitled “The Hour of Holiness” for over nineteen years. Beyond various scholarly articles on biblical and theological themes, he has authored three books, Trinitarian Personhood and The Bearer: Forgiving as Christ and In His Image with co-author, Dr. Allan Coppedge.  He has written extensively on discipleship as well.

As a complement to the ministry of teaching and preaching Bill disciples men and is a part of a weekly accountability group. The Urys have an intense interest in missions and have served overseas often. Both Bill and Diane are fully committed to ministry the Gospel as it is expressed in consensual Christianity and the Wesleyan/Holiness tradition specifically. Bill’s calling and personal desire is to incorporate sound, rigorous Christian theological thinking with true pastoral care and personal compassion.


Brief Overview and Biographical Sketch

2012 – present      Pastor of  Elizabeth City EMC                                                  Elizabeth City, NC

1989 – 2012          Professor of Systematic and Historical                                   Wesley Biblical Seminary

Theology                                                                            Jackson, MS

1984-1991                      M. Phil and Ph.D                                                  Drew University

Theological and Religious Studies                                    Madison, NJ

Major Emphases: Systematic/Historical

Philosophical Theology


1988-1989                      Fellow at the Ecumenical Institute                                   St. John’s University

Collegeville, MN

1979 – 1983                   M. Div. (May 1983)                                                            Asbury Theological Seminary

Major: Theological and Biblical Studies                        Wilmore, KY


1978 –1979                    M. Div. courses taken in Israel                          I              nst. Holy Land Studies

Major Emphasis: Historical and                                      Jerusalem, Israel

Geographical Background to Scripture

1974 – 1978                     B.A.                                                                        Asbury College, Wlmore, K

Eaton Rapids Campmeeting