William T. (Bill) McAlilly is the bishop of the Nashville Episcopal Area of the United Methodist Church. He was elected to the episcopacy at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference in 2012 and was assigned as the resident bishop of the Memphis and Tennessee Annual Conferences beginning September 1, 2012. Bishop McAlilly currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Emory University, Atlanta, GA; Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Board, Memphis, TN; and the Board of Trustees of Martin College, Pulaski, TN.
A native of Mississippi, Bishop McAlilly earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion, Millsaps College, Jackson, MS (1978) and a Masters of Divinity, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA (1981). He was ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church in 1979 and ordained elder in 1982. He has served in a wide variety of ministry settings in Georgia and Mississippi–a small membership church…a new congregation…a county seat church…a newly organized congregation…a large membership congregation. Likewise, he has served in a variety of roles—youth minister…associate minister…lead pastor.
In 2006, he was appointed to serve as the District Superintendent of the Seashore District of the Mississippi Conference in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and worked closely with Disaster Response and United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). He served in many capacities in the Mississippi Annual Conference including the Board of Directors of United Methodist Senior Services, Millsaps College, Mississippi Methodist Foundation; Board of Ordained Ministry; Design Team for the Residency in Ministry Program; and Development of the Transitions Seminar for Moving Pastors. He has been a delegate to four Jurisdictional Conferences and three General Conferences.
Compassion for the least and last has been at the heart of his emphasis on missions throughout his ministry—locally in the communities in which he has served and globally in Mexico, Nicaragua, and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Bishop McAlilly has a pastor’s heart with a vision for the reign of God.
A lover of books, music, and movies, Bishop McAlilly also enjoys golf. He and his wife Lynn have been married since 1978. They have two adult children: Chris and his wife Millie live in Mississippi along with their sons Thomas and Micah; Laura and her husband Nate Paulk live in Hermitage, TN with their daughter, Iris.