Today we give a big shout-out celebrating Bill Moerdyk, currently the longest-serving member on Habitat Kent’s team. Throughout his 21 years of service, he has been led by a heart for the mission and for the homeowners of the houses he has helped build.
After serving as missionaries in Nigeria for ten years, Bill and his family cultivated a strong sense of what it means to make an impact at the community level by engaging in mission-centered work. While talent and experience bring value to the table, Bill believes one of the most important aspects of building a Habitat home is to reflect an understanding of the mission and of the families we walk alongside on their homeownership journeys.
Having served Habitat Kent in various roles since he began his career here in 2001, Bill confidently states that he is most effective in his current role as Senior Site Supervisor. To date, Bill has built about 370 Habitat Kent homes. He loves being on the job sites, instructing volunteers, teaching new skills, and connecting with the families who will one day live in the homes being built. One of his joys is empowering people to complete tasks they previously did not feel equipped to do.
Bill’s legacy with Habitat Kent spans statewide. He is the founder behind the annual Construction Roundtable, a gathering of construction employees from all Habitat affiliates in Michigan with the goal of advancing building strategies and learning what’s new on the market. This Construction Roundtable was picked up by Habitat Michigan and is now known as the ‘Homes Summit.’ He also previously led Habitat Kent’s ‘Brush of Kindness’, a three-day project where Habitat Kent partnered with 250 Americorp volunteers to improve 14 homes on one street.
Bill says of the work we do, “we are a witness not only to the families we serve, but to each other and to the neighborhoods we work in.”
We are so grateful for Bill, and for the countless lives he has touched in his many years of service to Habitat Kent and our community.