Bill Blackburn grew up in San Angelo and attended his first year of college there before transferring to Baylor University. At Baylor, he met Deana Mattingly, and they have been married for 50 years.
Bill attended seminaries in Fort Worth and Louisville, Ky.,and did his postdoctoral study at Oxford University in England.
Bill and Deana have two children, Cara and Carter. Cara and her husband, Micah, and their six children live in Hewitt, Texas. Carter and his wife, Karen, have two children and live in Austin.
Bill pastored churches in Kentucky and Kerrville. He was the founder of Partners in Ministry, which put collaborations together to address the needs of children, youth, and those in poverty in Kerr County.