William Coppedge

Catalyst for Orality


William Coppedge and his wife Joanna met at Asbury University. They then studied together at Wesley Biblical Seminary before God called them to live and serve in northern Uganda for seven years.

Out of working alongside national church leaders in both Uganda and South Sudan, William came to realize the power of oral methodologies for communicating the gospel, whether in theological training, community development, or witnessing to one’s neighbor.

William believes the legitimacy of harnessing oral strategies for communicating God’s word throughout the world rests in God desiring to be known. The primary way God brings transformation in the human heart is through engagement in his Word, both in the person of Jesus Christ and his Scriptures. William’s passion is to help others experience such engagement through whichever communication method necessary, so they can experience the transformation of knowing Jesus.

Ironically, William and Joanna have returned to the ‘high literate’ academy to further his own understanding of oral communication; he is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Edinburgh. God has graciously grown their family, providing five children from whom he is also learning much about oral communication.