Meet our Board of Directors
Bill Dwyer has been the senior pastor at Dallas and Jane Willard’s home church, the Valley Vineyard, for forty years. Bill has a passion for Jesus’ kingdom. For the first twenty years of ministry, Bill was an activist. Jesus birthed a passion in him for missions, evangelism, spiritual warfare, leading a church community, faithfulness to the Word, the ministry of healing, and the renewing work of the Spirit. Twenty years ago, Jesus used Dallas and Jane to draw Bill into spiritual formation, contemplative practices, and spiritual direction. His desire is to see every believer bring the active and contemplative life in the kingdom together. Bill is married to Anamarie Dwyer, a theater professor at CSUN. They have seven beloved and cherished grandchildren.
When Jan Johnson moved from inner city Los Angeles to its outskirts, she had no idea she was moving just 20 minutes away from Dallas and Jane Willard and would become a part of their lives. She is an author (23 books), speaker, graduate school professor and long-time spiritual director. She holds a D.Min. in Ignatian Spirituality & Spiritual Direction. Everything she does focuses on spiritual formation or partnering with God in caring for the voiceless. Please visit her website to learn more about her writing and teaching, and to read her biography page. For Jan, hanging out with Jesus often happens in the midst of reading, hiking, bike riding, doing yardwork or viewing great works of art.
Rebecca Willard Heatley (Becky) first met Dallas and Jane in the maternity ward of the University of Wisconsin hospital. She began working for Dallas as his assistant in 2000, and continues to work with Jane in publishing and ministry efforts. She established DWillard.org in 2001, which brought Dallas great joy knowing that his work would be freely available to people around the world. Becky’s publishing and editing work includes The Great Omission, The Allure of Gentleness, and Life Without Lack. Her undergraduate studies were at USC and Northwest College (BA, Sacred Music) and she recently graduated from The Apprentice Experience. She and her husband Bill have spent the last 2 decades raising Dallas and Jane’s one and only grandchild, Larissa.
Sam Newby is originally from Kansas City where he was an associate pastor for several years before planting a church in the arts & music district of Kansas City. For eight years he shepherded the congregation as it took shape and in 2016 he transitioned out of that role to move to Pasadena and do a PhD in Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary. Due to the deep influence of Dallas Willard's writing, Sam is focusing on Spiritual Theology and Human Development in a Theological perspective. This fits with his favorite DW quote: "What God gets out of our life is the person we become." He also works full time as the Manager of Operations for Stars, a faith based non-profit that focuses on youth development. He has been married to Anna for 14 years and has a 10 year old son and 4 year old daughter. His greatest passions are his family, the church and writing. He also enjoys classic literature, birding and Marvel comics.
Terri Tayor was adopted from Korea when she was 6 months old and considers herself more Polish than Asian. Terri received her Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Biola University, completed The Renovaré Institute and is a certified Spiritual Director. She has led the Quaker Meadow Christian Camp board as well as the Ministry and Counsel (Elders) at the Friends church she attends. She has been greatly impacted by her time in the Renovare Institute and is grateful to be able to contribute to furthering the work of Dallas Willard through working with the DWM Board. She has been told that she is a curator of souls and more than her love for popcorn and penguins she loves to nurture angry, disillusioned, hurting and lost souls to Jesus.