Bill Hathaway was called to the church as pastor in the summer of 1999 after serving in two congregations in Western New York, first in Buffalo and then as Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Lockport, New York from 1984 to 1999.
Raised in the Midwest, he received a BA in Anthropology from the University of Illinois (1974) a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary (1977), a Doctor of Ministry from Colgate Rochester Divinity School (1995), and was a member of the Pastor/Theologian Program of the Center for Theological Inquiry in Princeton. In 2011, Bill and the congregation were awarded a sabbatical grant from the Lilly Endowment.
Bill is married to the Rev. Dr. Alison Halsey who is the Interim Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland. They live in the First Presbyterian's manse. Halsey, their older son, holds a Masters in Fine Arts and is married to Jolynn Krystosek. The two artists live in New York. Son, Daniel, is a graduate of the University of Delaware, married to Melissa Sabol and sharing life with daughters Brianna and Parker. The family lives in Wilmington, Delaware. Alison and Bill enjoy hiking and camping, are fans of the National Parks and are frequent visitors to Assateague National Park.
"I thoroughly enjoy the opportunity of serving as the pastor of this fine congregation. The congregation's commitment to mission and its high expectations for quality worship and preaching brought me to Annapolis and continue to engage and challenge me." Bill also notes that the congregation joyfully embraces the call "to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God."