A native of Oklahoma, William (Bill) Ansley moved to Topeka, Kansas, almost 40 years ago, after he retired as head of the financial division for the International Paper Company—Long Bell Division. From the time he was a teenager, he knew he wanted to devote himself to the healing practice of Christian Science. Even during college, he began taking calls from people asking for help through prayer while he pursued his double major in economics and business management. In 1964, he became a full-time Christian Science practitioner, and ten years later became a Christian Science teacher. Bill lives in a sunny condominium with his miniature French poodle, Little Louis.
Bill, let's talk first about what brought you to Topeka, Kansas.
My wife, Jean, and I loved living in Missouri, where we settled for eight years after I graduated from the University of Oklahoma. But I kept feeling a great impulsion to move to Topeka and fulfill a lifelong desire of going into the public healing practice of Christian Science so I could help others. Almost from the beginning, Topeka seemed like home to both of us. I was able to establish a practitioner office in the business section of the city, and I fit in, right from the start. I've never regretted the decision to move here.