Bill Bradley came to know The Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior on Easter Sunday of 1973 while serving on active duty in the U.S. Navy, .and stationed in Norfolk Virginia.
Shortly after Bill was saved God burdened the Bradley’s for those on active duty in the U.S .military especially the single first enlistee. With the permission of his pastor an outreach program was begun in mid 1973 to reach those stationed at the school command to which Bill was attached.
The Bradley’s opened their home to the service men and women for meals, fellowship and Bible study. The group grew and their pastor provided a bus and a bus route was established. A weekly Bible study was established on the base and the bus route continued until Bill left the military in June of 1977 at which time the Bradley’s enrolled in Bible school.
Being accepted by a mission board the Bradley’s began part time deputation early in 1979. Bill graduated in May of 1980 and immediately began full time deputation. On April 1, 1982 they assumed leadership of a Christian Servicemen’s Center in downtown Norfolk Virginia. In March of 1983 they resigned their mission board and they were accepted by Baptist Missions to Forgotten Peoples. They then began the Haven Servicemen’s Center in their home where they ministered for a number of years. They were presented with an opportunity to merge with the Beacon Servicemen’s Center which was located one block from the gate of the Naval Base. This merger provided a rental building for the ministry within walking distance of the base. After several more years they were able to purchase a building one half block from that location. They continued to minister there until 2004 when Bill Bradley suffered severe physical difficulties and they had to leave the service center ministry.
Desiring to continue to serve The Lord they accepted a position representing BMFP as their National Field Representative where they continue to serve. Their responsibilities include Recruiting missionary Candidates, helping missionaries through difficulties and encouraging them remain on the mission field, and as time permits working with local churches to help them strengthen their mission program.
Traveling to Christian Bible Colleges and Schools they are available for whatever the school may deem advantageous to the training of their student body. They make themselves available to students, answer questions, teach in mission and pastoral classes. Preach chapel services, hold dorm devotions and hold mission modules, and speak in mission prayer bands.
It is the desire of the Bradley’s to be used of the Lord to assist Bible colleges and Bible schools in their efforts to prepare young people for their future service for the Lord. A few years ago Bill was challenged to put in print some of the lessons he had learned as he served the Lord in order to pass on to future Christians some helpful knowledge to help them live a Christ honoring life.