William (Bill) Hickey has a lifelong curiosity surrounding history. The oddities and twists-and-turns of people and societies interacting with each other and God’s unexpected results are fascinating to him. A graduate of Moody Bible Institute, he earned a B.A. in Pastoral Theology with emphases in Greek and Church History. He went on to graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Masters of Arts, majoring in both Education and United States History, with minors in World Studies and Medieval and Byzantine History.
Bill was a public high school teacher for twenty-two years, beginning his career in inner-city Chicago and then moving to rural Arizona. His teaching experience encompasses teaching in schools of twelve hundred students, a charter school of seventy, and a girl’s private boarding school of forty. Along the way he was voted his community’s “Pride Teacher of the Year” as well as “Student Choice Teacher of the Year.” Bill loves to teach high school because of the people. He believes that the high school student is ready to be personally challenged by the evidence and gaps of the past and the beauty of human aspirations and disasters.
Bill loves to travel to historical sites across America, from Custer’s last stand to traveling the Lewis and Clark route, from Bunker (or Breed’s Hill) to The Alamo, from Constitutional Hall to petroglyphs on Hopi land. Growing up, his family lived in Western Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and San Diego, California, where he met and married his wife, Lori. They then moved to Chicago, Illinois and later to Arizona. They have two grown children. Andrew earned his M.A. in Engineering from Stanford University, and Bethany is working on her B.A. in Macrodata Analysis. Bill also volunteers in an American missionary organization that serves native missionaries in actively persecuted locations. He also teaches a Bible study.