My name is Bill Giovannetti. I’m a husband, dad, family guy, follower of Jesus and pastor. My beautiful wife, Margi, is an attorney (litigator, med-mal defense, mainly), college professor, a homemaker, and a home-school parent. We have two incredible kids and live in the country. I’ll always be a city boy at heart.
Stuff I’m into: bass fishing, woodworking, keeping my lawn really green, playing with my kids, good restaurants with my wife and friends, Italian food, Greek food, Chicago Bears, Cubs, Sox (yeah, both), Bulls, Hawks, black and white movies, The Dick Van Dyke Show, I Love Lucy, Andy Griffith, American Idol.
I love theology, and believe the center of all theology is GRACE, because it is the center of God’s heart. Grace has been dramatically wimpified to the point of meaninglessness. That leads to LEGALISM which is killing Christianity by a death of a thousand cuts.
Education: Lane Tech High School (Chicago), then Wheaton College (1 year, too expensive), then Univ of Ill (Chicago, part time, several years), then Trinity College (REACH, for a B.A.), then Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Chicago suburbs, M.Div., Urban Minisitry), then SCUPE (Chicago, graduate certificate in Urban Ministry), then Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, for my D.Min.).
Jobs I’ve held: Paperboy, then a summer at a paint factory, then worked at Chicago’s largest photofinishing lab (LaSalle Photo), then a union produce clerk at Jewel (Albertson’s) and Eagle (Lucky Foods), then I entered ministry at age 20. I became the Childrens and Youth pastor at the North Side Gospel Center (Chicago). This church is the birthplace of AWANA (a church based kids ministry) and owns CAMP AWANA. I served there 8 years. Then I planted a church called WINDY CITY COMMUNITY CHURCH, now ably pastored by my friend Steve Story. I served there 16 years. Then I became the teaching pastor at Grace Pointe Church in Naperville, a Chicago suburb with John Bell. I served there 2 years. Then I moved across country to Northern California. In 2002 I became the senior pastor of Neighborhood Church... the new love of my life. Neighborhood Church is in the Christian and Missionary Alliance. I’ve also taught college ministry and theology classes at Trinity College (Chicago suburb), Simpson University, and A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary).
My latest book is called GRACE INTERVENTION, from Shiloh Run/Barbour Publishing. You can find it here.
First book: How To Keep Your Inner Mess from Trashing Your Outer World. Check it out.
Second book: Four Letter Words. It’s here.
Third book: Secrets to a Happy Life, which is here.
Neighborhood Church is a multi-site church that uses video venues. We are part of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. About 18 percent of our total income goes to world mission through the Great Commission Fund and other missions.
Favorite authors: God (the Bible), Dave Meurer, P.G. Wodehouse, Dan Brown (I know, I know), A.W. Tozer, C.H. Spurgeon, books by old, dead guys.
Music: Country and Western, contemporary praise and worship, classical, my daughter’s singing, old hymns.
Stuff I gave up or ran out of time to do: Brazilian (Gracie School) Jiu-Jitsu, bodybuilding, gardening, tennis, going to movies, skiing.
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