SILVA, Mo.—William “Bill” Paton, a missionary pastor for many years, died July 14. He was 72.
Bill earned a BRE from Detroit Bible College in 1970 and was ordained by Calvary Baptist Church, Hazel Park, Michigan, in 1972. He served with Galilean Baptist Mission from 1969 to 1986. As a church planter, he saw both Bible Baptist Church, Howell, Michigan, and Hope Baptist Church, Romulus, Michigan, graduate from mission status to self-supporting ministries. He became the full-time pastor of Hope Baptist Church, serving until 1994.
From 1976 to 1993 Bill was also an instructor at Detroit Bible College (now called William Tyndale College), and from 1990 to 1990 at Warlick Bible Institute. He became a missionary with Baptist Church Planters in 1993.
On May 28, 1994, Bill married Janet Hyer-Elliott, who worked in the home office of Baptist Church Planters. Together Bill and Jan ministered at Calvary Baptist Church, Bad Axe, Michigan (1994–1997); Heritage Baptist Church, Moberly, Missouri (1997–2004); Immanuel Baptist Church, Hutchinson, Kansas (2004–2006); Calvary Baptist Church, Chatsworth, Illinois (2006–2010); and the Apollos Ministry of Baptist Church Planters/Missionary Acres (2010). For the past seven years, Bill lived at the Missionary Acres retirement community in Silva and was a member of Evangel Baptist Church in Silva.
Bill is survived by his wife, Janet; four children, Karis Elliott, Kevin Elliott, Kaylene Bush, Kraig Elliott; and 12 grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held July 18 at 3:00 p.m. at Evangel Baptist Church, Silva, Missouri.