Rev. William (Bill) Griffin grew up in Colonial Hills Baptist Church where he attended faithfully. At the age of fourteen, he realized that he was a sinner and spoke to his pastor, Dr. Paul R. Van Gorder, who led him to the Lord.
Brother Griffin met his wife, Gwen, when they were in high school. They dated for two years and married in August 1962. Bill and Gwen Griffin recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
In 1967 Bill Griffin graduated from Tennessee Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible. While a student at Tennessee Temple, he worked in one of the chapels of Highland Park Baptist Church. Soon after, Brother Griffin became the pastor of that chapel and served there for almost two years.
Rev. Bill Griffin served as the associate pastor and song leader at Grace Baptist Church in Richmond, Indiana, from September 1967 to May 1968. During this time he felt that God was calling him to be a missionary to Japan, but he kept resisting the call. In January 1968 Brother Griffin yielded to the call of God to become a missionary. Bill and Gwen met with the Board of Baptist International Mission, Inc., in April 1968, and they were accepted as missionaries. After one year on deputation, they arrived in Japan to begin their ministry in June 1969.
Bill and Gwen Griffin served the Lord in Japan for thirty-five years. While in Japan, they worked twenty-one years with Japanese nationals and fourteen years with American military personnel serving in Japan. Due to his wife's health needs and the care of an elderly mother, the Griffins had to leave the field in 2003.
Since their return to the States, Rev. Bill Griffin has served as the Director of Enrichment for Baptist International Missions. He plans to continue to work as the Director of Enrichment and to do relief work with missionaries on the field. Knowing the Japanese language, Brother Griffin will be an asset to those missionaries in Japan and wherever the Lord should take him in the ARM ministry of BIMI. The desire of Bill and Gwen Griffin is to be a help to our missionaries and represent Baptist International Missions in churches whenever possible.
Bill & Gwen Griffin
Read more about the Griffins. He can be contacted through the BIMI office (423) 344-5050.