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Dr. Bill Smithwick

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President and Chief Executive Off...

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Sunrise Children's Services Inc
P.O. Box 1429
Mt. Washington, Kentucky 40047
United States

Company Description: Sunrise Children's Services is a ministry that grew out of the extreme needs present at the end of the Civil War. Many women were left with children and without a...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • doctor of ministry degree
    St. Marys Seminary and University
  • master of divinity degree
    Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • master of business administration degree
    Averett College
  • bachelor of arts degree
    Averett College
  • doctor of ministry degree
    St. Mary's Seminary and University
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The Sunrise board ultimately ..., 6 Mar 2014 [cached]
The Sunrise board ultimately rejected the proposal introduced by Bill Smithwick, then CEO of Sunrise. But the flap left the agency that cares daily for about 600 children with a funding shortfall of about $7.5 million.
"Most of our churches decided not to take the annual offering for Sunrise because they feared that Smithwick was going to lead Sunrise away from" the Kentucky Baptist Convention, Chitwood said.
Smithwick was in his 16th year at the helm of Sunrise when he floated the proposal to open employment to gays. He had said he feared the agency's ban would eventually lead to a loss of millions in government funding, meaning the agency would have to drastically scale back its budget, since most of its funding - Smithwick said 85 percent of about $27 million - comes from government sources.
Smithwick resigned in December.
"I see clearly what (Smithwick) was thinking, however I would humbly disagree with him on that because it matters about the scriptures and it matters about the gospel," said Ron Shaw, pastor of Community Baptist Church in Somerset.
The trouble started last year, when ..., 27 Mar 2014 [cached]
The trouble started last year, when Sunrise's then-president and CEO, Bill Smithwick, suggested that the group end its ban on hiring gay people. Smithwick reasoned that, with LGBT nondiscrimination legislation on the horizon, Sunrise's anti-gay policies could cause the charity to lose its taxpayer funding, which accounts for about 85 percent of its operating budget. Kentucky's Baptist community, however, wasn't so enthusiastic. As soon as Smithwick introduced the proposal, the Kentucky Baptist Convention encouraged its affiliates to blacklist Sunrise until it abandoned its proposed nondiscrimination policy. Church donors across the state immediately began withholding their usual contributions, refusing to donate a penny to an organization that might hire openly gay people.
Smithwick's fall from grace was swift and brutal. The Sunrise board quickly voted down his proposal, and soon after, the Kentucky Baptist Convention as a whole passed a vote of no-confidence in Smithwick. This vote-really a public shaming-essentially forced Smithwick to resign. Only after his resignation did the convention agree to allow its affiliate churches to donate to the children's charity once again. But that period on the Baptist blacklist may have damaged Sunrise's budget beyond repair.
There is, of course, so much here to be disgusted by. But it's worth starting with the convention's repulsive attacks on Smithwick's reputation. Smithwick led Sunrise for nearly 17 years, vastly expanding its size and outreach. During his tenure, Smithwick was a leader in the fight against child abuse: He served on the board of the Virginia Association of Children's Homes, the National Association of Christian Child and Family Services, the Children's Alliance of Kentucky, Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, and Kentucky Youth Advocates. Before coming to Sunrise, Smithwick worked at Virginia Baptist Children's Home & Family Services, which served abused and neglected children. He devoted his life to helping kids in need. And now-because he floated a practical measure designed to forestall future budget problems-Smithwick has been expelled from the field and ostracized by his own convention.
Aside from Smithwick, no one will understand that message better than the 2,000 children who rely upon Sunrise every year to protect them from dire poverty or abusive parents. Thanks to the convention's actions against Sunrise, those children's wellbeing is now imperiled by a grave (and entirely manufactured) budget shortfall.
NACCFA Board of Directors, 23 Dec 2007 [cached]
Bill Smithwick, Executive DirectorKentucky Baptist Homes For Children 10200 Linn Station Rd., Suite 200Louisville, KY
Bio: Bill Smithwick has served as president & CEO of Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children since April 21, 1997.Employment with Virginia Baptist Children's Home and Family services as Assistant Executive Director immediately preceded his move to Kentucky.Bill began his work in child care with VBCH&FS in 1983.Bill has a diverse background that prepared him well for his current responsibility with KBHC.He served four churches as pastor, one of which was bi-vocational.Bill also has professional experience as a financial planner and as a human resources and management consultant.Working in the child caring field has been Bill's passion for most of his ministry and professional career.He began as the chaplain at VBCH&FS but soon moved into management.He served as president of the Virginia Association of Children's Homes from 1995 to 1997 and was active on the VACH board for years prior to his term as president.Dr. Smithwick earned the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration degrees from Averett University, a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from St. Mary's Seminary and University.He enjoys his family, Saddlebred horses, flying, golf and the History Channel.
Bay Windows Online, 26 July 2001 [cached]
``We base our whole ministry and services on traditional family values , Bill Smithwick , president and chief operating officer of KBHC , told the Boston Globe , ``and we are uncompromising that we are going to be who we are and have been since 1869..Smithwick said he was ``pleased with the ruling's confirmation that sexual orientation is not protected by federal law.
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