William Bouvel (Will, he/him/his) was ordained in the diocese of Chicago in 2021 and was previously Director of Children’s Ministries for 5 years at St. Chrysostom’s Church Chicago. He completed his Masters of Divinity in 2020 at the University of Chicago and also holds a Masters in Music from the Royal Academy of Music London. He’s had several previous careers as a classical tenor soloist, computer programmer, and aspiring urban planner. Will identifies as White and is originally from the Philadelphia suburbs.
Will's graduate thesis "Recovering Scripture through the Sacred Imagination of Bibliodrama" explores how imagination is essential to scriptural interpretation. Bibliodrama (developed by Peter Pitzele) and other wondering-based approaches easily invite individuals and communities, especially children, into the ongoing work to make meaning from the holy texts that tell us who and whose we are.
In 2018 Will started exploring the idea of an “antiracist Sunday School” and has been working with Children’s Formation leaders for several years to grow that work. The 2020 pandemic and outcry over racial injustice catalyzed this work in October 2020 when the Holy Spirit connected him with Jen Enriquez over a zoom session. He now works with her in sharing the good news that comes from bringing children into the work of dismantling racism. Their work together has been a great joy.
Outside of ministry, Will and husband Fred are new dads to their newborn daughter. Will loves living in Chicago, cooking, biking, bird watching, Star Trek, and yoga.