Just call him Bill.
That's what the Rev. Dr. William Grossman said Monday morning when asked what he prefers others to call him.
After three years with the DeWitt Community Church, the Baldwinsville resident and 45-year veteran minister is settling in as he takes over the flock at the Marcellus First Presbyterian Church. He has been in his position with the church since Jan. 15.
As an interim minister, Grossman is in charge of readying the congregation for a new permanent pastor. His assignment in Marcellus will last anywhere between 18 months and three years, he said.
When he was a student at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., a school originally founded by the Methodist Church, Grossman regularly attended church. But it was the influence of a young minister who inspired him to take the leap himself.
"I was very excited about the kinds of things he was doing," he said. "It was really that personal influence to start. It was what I needed to do. Some people call it a calling. It was just the sense that that was the right thing for me to do."
Following his undergraduate studies, Grossman went on to receive his doctorate of ministry at Drew University in Madison, N.J.
After nearly five decades of teaching others of God's love, he now embarks on a new journey with the Marcellus congregation. Grossman said he is very excited about being part of the community and the church because not only are there traditional members, but he sees many young families joining with them in worship.
"Being here there's a sense that you're part of the community," he said.
While he doesn't have just one message for those who come to hear him on Sunday morning, Grossman said one of those is that he believes in a loving God.