"I have known Bill since our college days together at Baylor University and have been abundantly blessed by our friendship. Bill has had a great impact on my life and ministry. He truly is one of the wisest and most godly men I have ever known, and he is a tremendous counselor. My wife Miriam and I have been long-time supporters and prayer partners in Bill and Lynn’s ministry. Our family has also had the opportunity to stay in their home and be blessed by their hospitality, including Lynn’s amazing home-baked bread. God powerfully continues to use their unique gifts to encourage and challenge others."
- Rev. Billy Godwin, Senior Pastor of Ephesus Baptist Church, Winston, GA
"It’s safe to say we wouldn’t have made it for a decade in Russia without Bill and Lynn Lewis. They were our team members who functioned more like our therapists. We processed everything with them, largely due to their ability to dive deeply into our lives. They asked profound questions, infused wisdom and perspective as we navigated the life-stressors in one of the most difficult ministry environments of the 90’s. We nearly cratered. Their presence kept us afloat and kept us in ministry that has now expanded to global proportions."
- Rev. Mark Cathey
International Supervisory & Care Team, Novo
TBRI Educator & Global Orphan Consultant, Orphanos
Co-founder, The Harbor
"Bethesda by the Sea is a safe place for anyone who is struggling with an issue to find godly counsel in a warm and relaxing environment. Bill’s training and years of experience walking people through challenging issues coupled with Lynn’s gift of hospitality in a beach setting create space for God’s comfort and love to be received and His voice to be heard."
- Rev. Bob Perdue, author, speaker, and the founder and director of Life Now, Ministries.
"Bethesda by the Sea is exactly that--a place of healing, a place to receive personalized counseling in a peaceful setting with hospitable and gifted hosts. Having served as missionaries abroad and here at home, Bill & Lynn Lewis have a special way of making you feel welcome and at ease. As trained counselors with decades of ministry experience, they also have a unique gift for counseling, support, and healing. Wherever you are in your journey, they connect with you, support you, and find a special way of helping you take a step forward (toward healing, toward the Heavenly Father, toward life). Thank God for that, what a blessing!"
- Joshua Alcorn
Former College Minister and current Senior Manager
Global Market Development, Biosciences Division, ThermoFisher Scientific
"Bill and Lynn have been friends of mine for several years. I’ve had the pleasure of serving beside Lynn in ministry. I’ve also personally benefited from Bill’s ministry. I’ve worked in vocational ministry for close to 15 years. I’ve learned, often the hard way, that those of us in ministry need to stay healthy ourselves. We must have someone to pour into us. I can think of few people who are as skilled and passionate about doing this as Bill and Lynn."
- Jamie Brandon, Jr., Oasis for Orphans
"With a tender heart, molded in his abiding relationship with Jesus, and deep wisdom, forged in the fires of life’s triumphs and trials, Bill Lewis is an experienced and exceptional counselor. He incorporates a broad knowledge of the Scriptures with practical real-life applications to invite his clients into the throne room of God’s grace. There, they discover themselves, their loving Heavenly Father and the reality that His yoke is truly easy and His burden is much lighter than they thought. There is often hard work to be done, but with Bill it’s done in the light of hope, forgiveness and trust. Bill Lewis is a consummate professional. His deep faith, personable nature and heart-felt desire to serve Christian leaders combine to create a warm, inviting and safe environment in which those leaders can learn, heal and grow."
Wayne M. Herninko
Certified Leadership and Spiritual Growth Coach
Twenty-Five Year Veteran Elementary School Teacher
"I had personally and professionally “hit the wall.” 25 years of ministry along with a lifetime of stuffing emotions and a particularly hard three-year period left me depressed, unfocused, unproductive and hurting. I needed some intense pastoral counsel. It was at this time that God brought Bill Lewis into my life. I had known Bill for several years, and I counted him as a friend. But I had no idea that he had a counseling background and had studied with Larry Crabb & Dan Allender.
Bill was gentle and kind, wise and firm. Through many hours of conversations, he got to know me personally and then directed me to Jesus in a way that brought refreshment, healing and a new level of understanding. I began to see how my thought patterns and choices had led me to the breaking point and that “Jesus really was sufficient for all of life’s trials.” Through Bill’s wise counsel, I have gotten to know Jesus in deeper ways and learned to repent of relying on my own resources to handle the stress of ministry.
So, I am particularly excited that God is leading Bill deeper into the field of pastoral care and counseling. I know that God used Bill to radically reshape my perspective at a time when the enemy was trying to take me out. But by God’s grace, my passion for ministry has been restored and I am walking in ever growing freedom. I can’t wait to see how God continues to use Bill and Lynn Lewis and the ministry of Bethesda by the Sea."
— Steve Benedict, Pastor, Grace Life Community Church
God has uniquely prepared Bill and Lynn's hearts to minister to those who have been hurt or have fallen. It’s been my experience as I have watched Bill and Lynn grow and mature in various crises dealing with the heart issues of life, that they have learned to strengthen their hearts through God’s Word and trust in His goodness. I would highly recommend that anyone seeking healing and restoration seek the help of Bethesda by the Sea.
- Stan Hays, Pastor, Mosaic Memphis Ministries
Bill, You are a man of God. You hear His voice, and you love His presence. Thank you so much for speaking into my life so many times! It is truly amazing how you are always hearing from the Father, and then speaking to others what you are hearing. You have encouraged me with your words so many times!
- Daniel Pratt, Worship and Outreach Pastor at Destiny Worship Center PCB
"At a time of devastating crisis in my life, marriage, and ministry God brought Bill Lewis of Bethesda by the Sea to walk with me through the valley. Bill has a deep, experiential knowledge of both God’s Word and God’s heart, so his counsel is a nice balance between truth and grace. He listened, empathized, and comforted, but also spoke truth and gave some direction for how to climb out of the pit I had dug for myself. God used Bill to bring healing and to help me get my life back on track."
- Senior Pastor
"You saved my life, you saved my marriage, you saved my ministry, and you saved the church."
- Senior Pastor
"Bill counseled me through a dark season in my life. I'm not sure how I would have made it through without his regular support and the inspired wisdom he provided. In fact, I've told friends that two things changed my life in that period--the Holy Spirit and counseling with Bill Lewis. His unique ability to personalize Scripture and principles of Biblical counseling not only helped me out of the pit I was in, but it transformed my relationship with God, and put me on a new path. I believe the fruit from that time is still evident in my relationships with my spouse, children, family members, and co-workers. And I think anyone facing a difficult situation in their life would be blessed and benefit greatly from Bill's counseling."
- College Minister
"I had served in vocational ministry for close to ten years when I met Bill and Lynn. The church I was serving in at the time was having difficulties. And, I wasn’t handling it well. The dysfunction at the church was spilling into my personal life and my marriage. I began meeting with Bill regularly to talk about the situation, and more importantly, how I was dealing with it.
Bill helped me to realize something profound. He helped me to connect the dots between past pain and how I led people in ministry. I had been believing that it was my personal abilities that made me successful in ministry and valuable as an individual. I had been using people to gain value and a sense of success. The light was shone on what I had truly been believing about myself, other people, and God. This opened the door for repentance and growth. It also freed me to more deeply and truly love those I served.
These realizations set me on a path to deepen both the way I do ministry and the way I relate to God. God used Bill, not only to change the way I see ministry, but also how I see my personal walk with my Father."
"I had been in ministry for over 18 years, and during that time, I met Bill & Lynn Lewis. They both came into my life at a difficult juncture in my family and ministry life. Bill became an integral part of my healing, when he gently began speaking into my life through prayer, counseling, and friendship. He devoted himself to the complete staff at church and provided wise, compassionate, and Biblical counsel. He was always available to the staff, and then to me personally.
When it came time to receive personal guidance, both Bill & Lynn graciously opened their home to me. Their willingness to step into my healing process was monumental in my well-being and spiritual fortitude. Bill spoke God's words of affirmation, guidance, wisdom, and perspective that gave me the footing to carry on into my next steps in life. I still actually have Bill’s words of God's Truth, written on a piece of paper in my wallet.
I know that for anyone needing a restful, insightful, healing place to regroup and rebuild his or her spiritual and personal life, Bethesda by the Sea should be the first place to go."
- Children's Ministry Director
"Bill Lewis has powerfully impacted my life. His deep compassion and amazing insights have helped me grow spiritually and emotionally in countless ways. He has a gift for getting to the real root of complex issues, and expressing the most profound, life-changing truths in ways that anyone can grasp. He is by far the wisest, most loving person I have ever known. He transforms the way I see myself, my relationships, my ministry, and most importantly my heavenly Father. There is no such thing as a shallow evening with Bill Lewis. He has been able to help me when no one else ever could."
- Missionary to Eastern Europe
"Lynn’s wisdom, humor, discernment, and ability to communicate truth in accessible ways are gifts that God uses in a wide variety of settings. And her warm gift of hospitality is a great blessing to me and many others. It’s obvious that it truly delights her to make people feel at home. If you’re lucky, she’ll make some of her famous cookies for you. Save room!"
- Children’s Ministry Director
"From the minute I stepped into your home, I felt the Lord's presence. He did a deep work in my heart under your questioning and probing that I believe was directed by the Holy Spirit. Thank you for listening and being obedient to His voice. Your home is going to be a place of refreshment and renewal for a lot of people. The Lord is going to use you powerfully!"
- Worship Pastor