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William Vanderbloemen is an entrepreneur, pastor, speaker, author, and CEO & founder of Vanderbloemen.

Vanderbloemen is an executive search firm serving Christian organizations with hiring and succession planning services. William’s passion is helping leaders of faith build, run, and keep great teams. Hiring was William’s number one issue and roadblock as a pastor and is his number one focus as an entrepreneur.

William has combined over 15 years of ministry experience as a Senior Pastor with the best practices of executive search to provide faith-based organizations a unique offering: a deep understanding of theology with the very best knowledge and practices of professional executive search.

Prior to executive search, William led growth and innovation in churches in North Carolina, Alabama, and Houston. During his time in Alabama, William had the chance to help rebuild and relocate an ailing congregation, and lead them to new levels of growth. At 31, he was elected Senior Pastor for the First Presbyterian Church of Houston, a church of about 5,000 adults and 1,500 children strong. It is Houston’s oldest congregation.

William is regularly invited to speak across the country at conferences on leadership, hiring, and succession planning, such as the CESA Symposium, Hubspot’s INBOUND, Blackbaud, and Guidestone. William is also a regular contributor to Forbes and Outreach Magazine and is frequently asked to contribute to many media outlets on staff culture and team building.

Besides helping organizations with hiring and succession planning, William spends a whole lot of time with family and connecting with people. William is an avid social networker. Whether connecting with friends, candidates for searches he is doing, or church members, he loves to network. William, his wife Adrienne, their seven children, and their poodles Moses and Pearl live in Houston. In his free time, William enjoys running, working out, and caddying for his kids, who are now better golfers than he is.

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The updated and expanded edition of William's book Next: Pastoral Succession That Works on effective succession was released through Baker Books in April of 2020.

His book Culture Wins: The Roadmap To An Irresistible Workplace was released through Savio Republic in March of 2018.

Search: The Pastoral Search Committee Handbook was released through B&H Books in June 2016.

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