Tell us about your family
My name is Bil Van Otterloo and I've been coming to Holy Cross for about 2 1/2 years with my wife Sarah and our 2 kids - Liam (11) and Abby (9). Sarah and I both grew up in southern California and started our family there until we made the move to southern AZ in June of 2013 to be closer to the territory I work in.
Tell us about how you came to know Christ
Much like the kids here at Holy Cross, I grew up in the Church hearing about Jesus and I don't remember a time where I didn't trust that my sins were forgiven in Him. Throughout my life though, God has been faithful in giving me a greater sense of my sin and guilt and, along with that, an even greater sense of the grace that He has given to me. God has been faithful to the promises he made in my baptism even in the times when I wasn't faithful. Sometimes in the form of loving encouragement, and sometimes in the form of a "swift kick in the rear."
Tell us about your vocation and interests
I'm currently a regional manager for a distribution company called Battery Systems based in Orange County, CA. I've been with Battery Systems for 23 years and consider myself a "lifer." This company was gracious to me and allowed me to work on a part-time basis when I returned to college at Loyola Marymount University where I earned degrees in Philosophy and Classical Civilizations. Though I didn't pursue work in these fields, they are still my passion. I still read heavily in philosophy, theology, and near eastern archaeology. This study has really allowed me to think deeply about my faith and has helped me to be able to communicate the precious truths of scripture. Besides these things, I'm really into cooking and follow Food TV personalities just about as diligently as I follow Calvin and Luther! Much of our family's free time is spent cooking or watching soccer.
Tell us about your time at Holy Cross
Holy Cross has been a tremendous gift to our family. In the last 2 years, our family has grown more in our relationship with God than in any time previously. After our first visit we knew that our family would be cared for here and that we would hear the Gospel preached each week. So many people welcomed us in a way that assured us that they really believed the Gospel they heard preached in the sermon. We've since become involved in a life group with some incredible people that we are blessed by each week. I can't wait to see what great things God will do at and through Holy Cross in the coming years!