Born and raised in the 6th Ward, William Hall’s values are rooted in serving all who are in need no matter where they come from and who they are.
Early in his childhood, William saw examples of public service through the work of his parents. Both his Mom and Dad worked for the city, with his Dad serving in the classroom and community as a CPS teacher, and his Mom serving as an Administrative Coordinator. William's parents instilled in him the value of giving one’s self to others through public service.
Growing up in the 6th Ward, William also learned the meaning of “it takes a village” from the many family, friends, and neighbors who supported him as a young man. Some of William’s early memories are his neighbor Mamie Mobley-Till, the mother of Emmett Till, pulling him and his friends aside to tell them stories of Chicago and Black history so they understood their full potential as future leaders. Taking the lessons from mentors such as Ms. Till, Dr. Joyce Clark, and Mr. Lawrence D'Antignac, along with his parents and those who raised him, William graduated from DePaul University with a degree in Economics and McCormick Theological Seminary with a Master’s of Divinity.
For the past nine years, William has served as the Senior Pastor of St. James Community Church, just a few blocks away from where he grew up. Outside of his ministry, William traveled the world as Field Director for the Rainbow / PUSH Coalition led by Rev. Jesse Jackson, and currently works as the Director of Faith and Community Partnerships for the child welfare advocacy group UCAN Chicago.
William has traveled the world as a community leader, business strategist, and organizer, but his true passion has always come back to serving his community. With the many challenges Chicagoans and 6th Ward residents face, William is ready to continue his legacy of service as your next Alderman for the 6th Ward.