Bill is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches of the U.S.A. He is also a licensed psychologist and AASECT certified sexuality educator and therapist. He is a retired Professor at both Widener University Center for Human Sexuality Studies in Chester, PA and the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA.
Formerly, Bill was the Executive Director of the Center for Sexuality and Religion, an organization dedicated to facilitating dialogue between the field of sexology and various medical and religious systems. For 28 years, Bill was affiliated with the human sexuality program at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1998, the program moved from the University of Pennsylvania to Widener University in Chester, PA where he was Professor and Director of the graduate programs in Human Sexuality. During his ten years as Director, the program grew from a masters to a doctoral program in human sexuality. He also initiated dual degree programs with both Psychology and Social Work. He served on the National Advisory Council under the leadership of David Satcher, MD, PhD, 16th U.S. Surgeon General to advance the recommendations set forth in the Surgeon General’s “Call to Action to Promote Sexual Health and Responsible Sexual Behavior” and then joined the former Surgeon General in the Satcher Health Leadership Institute as Professor at Morehouse School of Medicine to establish an Endowed Chair in Sexuality and Religion. He is also an Adjunct faculty member in the Program on Human Sexuality and on the Advisory Committee at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. In retirement, he teaches courses in the Bucknell University Institute for Lifelong Learning in Lewisburg, PA. He is the author of over 70 journal articles and book chapters on sexuality, religion, theology, sexual orientation, and gender identity/expression. He has been a frequent guest on radio and television programs and has been involved in several documentaries on sexuality.
Bill is a former President of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) as well as a former Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS). He was Board Chair of Planned Parenthood of Southeastern PA from 2004-2006. He is on the Advisory Council of the Program in Human Sexuality at the University of Minnesota Medical School and also a member of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential, chaired by Actress Jane Fonda.
Bill has been married to Kathy (Kathleen B. Stayton) for 66 years. They have four children: Mark, John, Cheryl, and Paul; five grandsons and two step-granddaughters; and five great-grandchildren. Bill and Kathy split their time between two apartments in Northumberland, PA and Windsor, CA.