Teaching & Sharing Centers - william works branch
 
a touch of william
 
 

a touch of william is the name under which william began sharing his photography and poetry with the public in the 1980s.  The first a touch of william gallery was located at 419 South Bridge Street.  The 417SBS T&SC location (now the T&SC of Grand Ledge) was originally a part of the a touch of william ministry.  

Beginning in late 1994, the newly created Teaching & Sharing Center [of Grand Ledge] became the official physical location of a touch of william, and the various atow aspects and activities, even though a touch of william already had a presence in a part of the 417SBS building prior to the establishment of the T&SC. Over those first five years the T&SC changed and evolved as God guided things. However, a touch of william remained fairly constant, particularly with the distribution of william's Poetry & Pictures books.  Everything else grew under the spiritual focus of a touch of william.   When on January 1, 2005 the Teaching & Sharing Center[s] became a non-profit corporation with its own board of trustees, a touch of william became an Independent Affiliated Ministry of the corporation.  The a touch of william Studio/Gallery (along with Cherokee Bill's Teaching & Trade Center) is located on the second floor at the 417SBS building.  a touch of william remained a sole-proprietorship for the next ten years, and played a significant supporting role in the Teaching & Sharing Centers' development. In 2015, a touch of william, Cherokee Bill's Teaching & Trade Center, and the wsharing website were merged into a new branch of the Teaching & Sharing Centers called william's works

More information can be found by clicking on the a touch of william link below. 

 
Cherokee Bill's Teaching & Trade Center
 
 

Although william had been made aware of a family connection to the Cherokee in his 20s, he did not seek out anything about them until he felt spiritually lead to in June 1995 (at age 44) when he received a scholarship to attend a seminar at the Cove (Billy Graham Training Center) not too far from Cherokee, North Carolina. 

Soon thereafter, Cherokee Bill's Trade Center became a part of the a touch of william family at the the newly created Teaching & Sharing Center [of Grand Ledge]. Originally called Cherokee Bill's Trade Center & Counsel House, a play on words since Cherokee government historically gathered at a Council House, it was soon shortened to simply Cherokee Bill's Trade Center.  Often CBTC is seen basically as a gift shop.  However, its primary purposes are to teach (the genuine) Cherokee history and help Christians embracing the culture and history of indigenous tribes (or nations) on their journey.  As a part of a touch of william, Cherokee Bill's Trade Center also became an Independent Affiliated Ministry of the Teaching & Sharing Center[s] non-profit corporation in 2005.  The gift shop occupies the front room on the main floor at the Center.  An instructional display area about Cherokee history and culture is found upstairs. It is today referred to as Cherokee Bill's Teaching Center (also CBTC).  When speaking about all aspects of this ministry the name Cherokee Bill's Teaching & Trade Center is used to better reflect its broader scope.  CBTC has become a significant source of Cherokee information for many who are newly seeking their roots, and is helping to break the stereotypes of what "Indians" were, and are, all about. It remained a sole-proprietorship until 2015, when it became a part of the new william's works branch of the T&SC. 

More information can be found by clicking on the Cherokee Bill's Teaching & Trade Center link below.  The "CBTC History" link on that primary page can also tell you more about how "Cherokee Bill" came into being. 

 
wsharing website
 
 

The wsharing site, a part of william's works, was begun in November 2002 to showcase the photography, poetry, and philosophies of william, along with his various missions and ministries. It remains a primary tool for his a touch of william and Cherokee Bill's Teaching & Trade Center outreaches. 

From 2005 until 2010, as a part of the a touch of william/Cherokee Bill's Trade Center Independent Affiliated Ministry agreement with the Teaching & Sharing Centers non-profit corporation, william created (non-compensated) and hosted the web pages of the T&SC corporation within the wsharing site (wsharing.com; wsharing.org; wsharing.net).  In 2010 the Teaching & Sharing Centers pages were transferred to the new URL set up for the corporation (www.tscenters.org). The website was merged along with a touch of william and Cherokee Bill's Teaching & Trade Center into the new william's works branch in 2015. 

Rather than duplicate pages, some information is shared between the two sites.

 

atow primary page   CBTC primary page   wsharing home page

 

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