Bill & Susan Wilkinson

Light on the Hill


Bill and Susan were both raised in Northeast Ohio, home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Bill became a Christian at Stow High School because of John Wilson, a brave teenager sharing his faith in the hallway. Bill worked as a financial consultant for thirty-two years. In his forties he finally understood Proverbs 3:5a, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart”.

Susan became a Christ follower in her early twenties and enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom. Life became hard in her thirties as she struggled with the news of inoperable lung cancer. God brought two doctors, used their skills, and lots of prayer to save her life. Praise the Lord! Eighteen years later she is still here. God used that time to give her a heart of compassion and a desire to serve Him.

It’s a miracle that Bill and Susan ever crossed paths. God blessed them with five awesome children and eight awesomer (is that a word?) grandchildren. After settling in the small town of  Malvern, Ohio and finding a great church—Grace Chapel, God began to pull their hearts toward full-time ministry. He used this time, the wisdom of many counselors including Pastor Kirt Henman, and many godly friends to direct their hearts and minds to work for the Lord in Alaska.

They love Alaska and God gave them a heart for its people to hear the good news of Jesus. He lead them to Arctic Barnabas Ministries in 2013 and fulfilled their desire to provide a home where Alaskan pastor and missionary families could come to relax, refresh, and renew. Now as associate staff with ABM, they run “Light On The Hill Alaska” in Homer. God worked many miracles to bring them to this point and their gratitude reaches out in praise to Him.