William (Bill) A. Pike

Illustrated by Nell Chesley

Bill Pike grew up in North Carolina. He graduated from Greensboro College in 1975, and moved to Martinsville, Virginia where he secured his first teaching job. By 1983, Bill had completed the Master’s program at the University of Richmond.


Bill spent 31 years in the public schools of Virginia in a variety of capacities at the elementary and secondary levels. After retiring, he continued to work on assorted assignments in education. Currently, he is the Director of Operations at Trinity United Methodist Church in Henrico County, Virginia.

About the Illustrator


A native of North Carolina, Nell Chesley is a graduate of Meredith College and later

VCU’s School of the Arts.  Nell began her career as an elementary school teacher.


Nell is married with three married children and seven grandchildren.  For over thirty years, Nell has been painting colorful oil paintings and encouraging other artists, young and old.  Her work is in corporate and private collections.