Kairos Prison Ministry: Interview with William Rowland

William Rowland, who goes by Bill, is a retired computer programmer and an accomplished musician. Bill has been playing the piano since he was three years old and has been writing music since he was fifteen and he has always been passionate about ragtime. Two of Bill’s songs have won the prestigious Rag Composition Contest at the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival in Sedalia, Mo (in 1975 and again in 1999). Many of Bill’s songs have been published and performed around the world and in 2006 he released a CD called “30 Years of Ragtime.”

Bill also writes choral music, and even had some of his songs published by The United Methodist Publishing House, including In His Own Sweet Time, Jesus Is As Good As It Gets, A Quiet Place With God, and Can't Stop Praising His Name. Bill has worked as a piano tuner/technician since 1974, and has had a passion for the silent theatre and organ music and plays the score for many of the silent movies in his area.

Bill was raised in Southwest Missouri and now lives in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma with his wife Linda and spends as much time as possible with his three daughters, his son in-laws and his grandsons.

Bill has also been involved in the Kairos Prison Ministry for over twenty years, and that is the subject of this episode. The mission of Kairos Prison Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families,
to become loving and productive citizens of their communities.

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Kathy was raised in the LDS Church and Lee was converted after meeting Kathy. The Bakers served faithfully in many Church callings, including Bishop of the Mililani Second Ward, Mililani Stake in Hawaii and the Young Single Adult Leaders, of the Columbia Maryland Stake.

Lee was a faithful member of the LDS Church for 32 years before he was excommunicated for asking questions about the Church

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As Christians we often say we take up our cross and follow Jesus, but are we still willing to take up our cross when it is identified to be something painful or something we are asked to give up that we are not sure we can part with?

The Parable of the Groundhog.

We often ignore the obvious warning signs of danger and do things that we know are not good, and as a natural result, we pay the price. I recently had some groundhogs in my yard that I gave every opportunity to leave and left no doubt that they were not welcome and were in danger if they stayed, and that story gives a good illustration of the positions we put ourselves into.