Pastor Bill Hutchison


Born in Ohio, raised and educated in Pennsylvania, and seminary trained in Chicago, Pr. Bill Hutchison was ordained in February, 1988, and has served multiple parishes in the Metro-Chicago Synod. Ten years ago he returned to school full-time for three years at IIT to complete a Master of Architecture degree that answered a love of architecture. Upon graduating in 2010, Pr. Bill began his architecture internship program alongside of part-time interim pastoral duties. Most recently he served a full-time interim pastorate at St. Paul Lutheran in Wheaton.

Pr. Bill and his wife, Dr. Cristina Traina, Professor of Christianity and Ethics at Northwestern University since 1992, recently celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary. Since becoming empty-nesters, they downsized from a six-bedroom bungalow in south Evanston to a three-bedroom ranch in Skokie in 2014. Their three children are scattered far and wide: Kate (29) in Philadelphia studying medicine, Maggie (26, married to Brandon) in Minneapolis studying Spanish-English elementary teacher certification, and David (22) in Bologna, Italy, following a junior year abroad studying Italian. Two pets, Kory (Tortie cat, and the boss) and Boone (a very timid, but lovable rescue Doberman) round out the picture at home.

Pr. Bill has received additional training for his interim pastoral work through the Interim Ministry Network. IMN is a multi-denominational institute based in Maryland that trains and supports intentional interim ministry for congregations in the midst of leadership transition. As one whose own journey has undergone numerous transitions since ordination, Pr. Bill looks forward to accompanying Bethlehem during its own journey of transition.


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