William Vanderbloemen is the President/CEO of Vanderbloemen Search Group, an executive search firm that helps churches and ministries build great teams. William combines over 15 years of ministry experience as a Senior Pastor with the best practices of executive search to provide churches with a unique offering: a deep understanding of local church work with the very best knowledge and practices of professional executive search.
Prior to his founding Vanderbloemen Search Group, William studied executive search under a mentor with over 25 years of executive search at the highest level. His learning taught him the very best corporate practices, including the search strategies used by the internationally known firm Russell Reynolds. William also has experience as a Manager in Human Resources in a Fortune 200 company, where he focused on integration of corporate culture and succession planning.
Prior to executive search, William led growth and innovation in churches in North Carolina, Alabama, and Houston. During his time in Alabama, William had the chance to help rebuild and relocate an ailing congregation, and lead them to new levels of growth. At 31, he was elected Senior Pastor for the First Presbyterian Church of Houston, a church of about 5,000 adults and 1,500 children strong. It is Houston’s oldest congregation.
William is regularly invited to speak across the country in both church services and as a resource to churches and conferences on leadership. He is the author of two books, Next: Pastoral Succession That Works and Search: The Pastoral Search Committee Handbook.
William holds degrees from Wake Forest University and Princeton Theological Seminary. William, his wife Adrienne, their seven children, and their poodle Moses live in Houston. In his free time, William enjoys running, working out, and caddying for his kids, who are now better golfers than he is.