Rev. Dr. William S. Shillady has served as Executive Director of the United Methodist City Society since September 2008. Before taking this position, he served as a pastor for 29 years.
A native of Reading, Pennsylvania, Rev. Shillady received his undergraduate degree in Religion and Business Administration from Lebanon Valley College. He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the college.
In 1981 he earned a Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School. He served as a member of the Board of Visitors of the Divinity School from 2007 to 2013 and is now a emeritus member.
After seminary, Rev. Shillady served one year in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference at Hawes Avenue United Methodist Church in Norristown, PA. In 1982 he transferred to the New York Conference and served for six years as the associate pastor to Rev. Dr. Clayton Miller at Asbury Crestwood United Methodist Church in Yonkers, New York.
In 1988 he was appointed to the Mamaroneck United Methodist Church on the Sound shore in Westchester, where he was senior pastor for 11 years. During his tenure, the church raised the funds for and accomplished a major restoration project, prompted by the 2,000 pound church bell falling through the steeple one memorable Sunday morning. Also during this period, Shillady earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew Theological School in 1993.
In 1999, he was appointed to the Park Avenue United Methodist Church on the upper east side of Manhattan, where he served as senior pastor for 9 and ½ years.
On September 1, 2008 Shillady became the Executive Director of the United Methodist City Society.
Over the years, Rev. Shillady has served on a variety of boards and committees of the New York Annual Conference, as well as community based programs and boards. He is currently the co-chair of the Committee on the Episcopacy and a registrar for hte Board of Ordained Ministry. He served as the chairperson of the Board of Pension and Health Benefits of the Conference for 8 years. He has been a mentor to candidates for ministry and serves on the District Committee on Ministry.
He represented the NYAC at the General Conference in 2012 and 2016. He is a member of the extended cabinet of the New York Annual Conference. Shillady has been appointed by Mayor Bill De Blasio as a member of the Mayor’s Faith Leaders Advisory Council for the City of New York.
Shillady also co-officiated with Rabbi James Ponet at the Chelsea Clinton-Marc Mesvinsky wedding in July of 2010. He led the memorial service for Dorothy Rodham, the mother of Hillary Rodham Clinton. He maintains a pastoral relationship with the Clinton family.