Bill is available to speak on: Faith and Politics, Leadership, Healthcare Reform. Learn more »
Bill Hinkle — Washington State Representative, Minority Whip, Washington State House of Representatives, aka SubDeacon Basil at The Prophet Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Christian Mission — has a varied history. He was a firefighter paramedic for 17 years before entering the world of politics. Bill has been an elected official since 1996 serving first as Kittitas County Commissioner from 1996 to 2006 and currently serving his fifth term in the House of Representatives where he serves in the leadership team as the Minority Whip. He was the former ranking minority member of the House Healthcare Committee and has served on numerous commissions and tasks forces over the years with a particular emphasis on social welfare and healthcare policy issues, as well as water law and environmental issues. In his civilian life he is a health insurance broker. Additionally he serves on the Board of trustees of Yakima Regional Medical Center and is the Founder and Dean of the Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute. Please see Institutes website at jdli.org.
Bill and his wife Debra are committed to Christ and serving His Church. They have two children at home. They are founding members of the Kittitas Valley Orthodox Christian Mission in Ellensburg. As a graduate of the Antiochian House of Studies, St. Stephen’s Theology Course, he is the first President of the Antiochian House of Studies Alumni Association. Bill attended Tacoma Community College, South Puget Sound Community College, and the University of Washington’s Paramedic Training Program. Bill is also a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, member of Rotary International, the Order of St. Ignatius, Washington Cattlemen Association, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and the Nature Conservancy.
Bill’s topic specialties include:
- How our Faith forms our Political Views, and our Responsibilities as Orthodox Christians toward the Future of Families, Culture and Country
- History of Charity in America and the Church’s role
- The Orthodox Christian tool belt — Instead of rules we have tools now!
- Making it real! — Sharing our Orthodox Christian faith at school, work and play
- Leadership, if you want to be a hero, join the fire department!
- He is also an expert on Federal Healthcare Reform