Hurst, William L. » Bio


The Rev. Dr. William L. Hurst, Jr. has served as First's Senior Pastor since October 2004. He was born in Queens, New York, and is a product of the New York City Public Schools, including Manhattan's High School of Performing Arts. He is a graduate of Queens College (CUNY), and holds the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, where he has served periodically as an adjunct instructor in training pastors for parish mission. Bill began his work life in musical theatre, as an actor, singer and songwriter. He then shifted careers to marketing and sales. He served as a Deacon of the Lutheran Church from 1986 until his ordination to the Office of Pastor in 1992. Before coming to Torrance, Bill served as Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church of White Plains, New York, and as Assistant to the Bishop of the Metropolitan New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, responsible for the synod's work in evangelism and mission outreach. He was the synod's Director of Communication from 1996 until 2000, and the Ecumenical Officer until 2003.In addition to serving at FLCS, Bill is Executive Director of FirstServe Community Services of the South Bay. Pastor Hurst has edited the Eastertide devotionals "Keep the Feast" (1995), "O Blessed Spring" (1999), and "Known in the Breaking" (2000), and has written for The Lutheran magazine. His doctoral concentration, and ongoing professional passion, is developing renewed interest in Martin Luther's Small Catechism for home and parish use, and for Great Commission renewal in local congregations. From time to time he posts online seasonal reflections, including “Facing Home,” a study on the parable of the Prodigal and “We Are Lazarus,” reflections on Luke 15 and the church’s ongoing call to renewal. Bill and his spouse Sharon have been married since 1980. Sharon, a former dental office administrator and after school director, currently teaches at First's Early Education Center. The Hurst’s have four children: Elizabeth, Timothy, Joshua, and Hannah, and one grandchild, Charlotte Adele.