Since 1993, Billy Hester has been senior minister of Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church in Savannah, Georgia. He received a BFA in Theatre from Valdosta State College in 1981. After having a theatrical career in New York, he attended Princeton Theological Seminary, where he received a Master of Divinity in 1989. He then served at Marble Collegiate Church, church of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, in New York City before moving back to his hometown of Savannah, Georgia, where he has served at Wesley Monumental UMC, Wesley Oak UMC, and Asbury Memorial UMC. He and his wife, Cheri, have four adult children: Chelsea, Christi, Wendell, and Wesley.