April 16, 1924 – February 15, 2006
William (Bill) T. Greig, II was a visionary with a heart to continue Henrietta Mear’s vision from the Lord to reach children and their families for Christ. Those who knew Mr. Greig recognize his heart for Sunday School and his commitment to take the good news of Jesus around the world by providing His Church with effective Bible teaching and learning resources. Mr. Greig founded Gospel Light Worldwide for the purpose of helping church leaders worldwide reach children and their families for Christ, beginning with the Orthodox Bible Curriculum project, which now is touching children in Orthodox churches on every continent with the good news that they can know Jesus and His Word, Scripture, and walk in His truth, power, and righteousness to shine the light of His love to their neighbors, as the nations are being covered by more and more darkness in these Last Days (Isaiah 60:1-5; John 3:16-21). Gospel Light Worldwide has also served many other parts of the Body of Christ worldwide with contextuallized, locally translated Bible teaching and learning resources to help church leaders reach children and their families for Christ.
Involved for over 55 years in Christian publishing predominately through Gospel Light Publications, Mr. Greig was honored by his peers in 1995 with the prestigious Jordon Lifetime Achievement Award, awarded annually since 1981 to an individual for their exceptional contributions to the Christian publishing industry.
Mr. Greig put his faith in Jesus Christ as his savior when he was a young child. He began his publishing career in Minneapolis, Minnesota after graduating from the University of Minnesota and following his discharge from the U.S. Navy in 1946. Mr. Greig was Partner/Manager of Praise Book Publications in Minnesota and in 1950, began his career as Vice President with Gospel Light Publications, which was based in California at that time. He also had the honor of accompanying Dr. Henrietta Mears, founder of Gospel Light, when she traveled to various Sunday School conventions where she spoke and taught church leaders how to effectively reach every age group for Christ. In 1972, Mr. Greig was elected President of Gospel Light by the Board of Directors, a capacity he served in until 1997. In 1989 he was elected Chairman.
Mr. Greig was committed to the mission of Henrietta Mears and Gospel Light to know Christ and to make Him known by providing His Church with effective Bible teaching and learning resources to make disciples, to equip them for ministry, to empower them for godly living, and to take the good news of Jesus Christ to the world by the power of the Holy Spirit as Acts 1:8 teaches, and as Henrietta taught her leaders.
In 1995, Mr. Greig, then President of Gospel Light, was given an unparalleled opportunity by the Lord to launch a cooperative venture with the Russian Orthodox Church to publish Bible curriculum for their parishes across Russia. In 2000, this project’s scope and potential impact resulted in the founding of the not-for-profit Gospel Light Worldwide (dba Wordirect). Gospel Light Worldwide managed the Orthodox Bible curriculum projects along with other non-English Bible curriculum and publishing programs. The Russian Orthodox Bible curriculum project grew from a partnership with the Orthodox Church in Russia to partnerships with the Eastern Orthodox Church around the world. The unprecedented Orthodox curriculum initiative went on to thrive in 11 countries of the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Over a million children have been impacted by the Bible curriculum created in these under-served nations of the world since 2000.
Mr. Greig also served in key leadership roles for organizations vital to the ministry of Sunday School and Christian Education. He previously served as president of the National Sunday School Association and was a founding director and past president of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA). He was also a founder and president of the Minnesota Sunday School Association and beginning in the 1940s, was actively involved in the Sunday School movement as a Sunday School superintendent and teacher.
Mr. Greig served as a trustee for Concerts of Prayer International and as Chairman of the John M. Perkins Foundation Board, as well as Chairman of the Joy of Living Bible Studies. He was also on the board of the International Reconciliation Coalition.
Married for 53 years, Mr. Greig and his wife Doris, founder and author of the Joy of Living Bible Studies, made their home in Ventura, California. Doris went to be with our Lord in 2004. They had four children and nine grandchildren, who are committed to continuing their legacy by living and serving our Lord Jesus Christ.