The phone rings, and you answer – your sister says, Jennifer is missing! How would you respond?
Stunned and speechless, fear and anxiety quickly overwhelm you. Immediately questions enter your mind – when did this happen? Where? Have the police been called? What can we do? Where do we begin?
Two days later, you learn your niece was abducted – taken and vanished without a trace. Bill’s family is now living a true crime story.
Gripped by sadness while grappling with brokenness – Bill felt completely helpless and hopeless. Jenn’s abduction was the perfect storm that forced him to face the truth about his life.
“After his niece’s abduction, Bill became vulnerable with himself and God rather than getting angry and bitter. Through his humble honesty, Bill opened the door to lasting change in his own life and the lives of others. You will be inspired as you read about his courageous leap into action to become a better husband, father, and friend.” — John Mattone, Author, The Intelligent Leader: Unlocking the 7 Secrets to Leading Others and Leaving Your Legacy
What circumstances in life are you wrestling to make sense of? Has tragedy struck – a diagnosis, job loss, marital problems, or the sudden death of someone you love? You’re not alone!
Like an adventurous mountain hike, in Aftermath of Jennifer Kesse’s Abduction, Bill shares his turbulent valley and exhilarating mountaintop experiences to find hope amid pain and sorrow that began with a pivotal invitation that changed the course of his life.
In this book, you will learn through the personal stories of people just like you that:
Joy is possible through pain.
Transformation emerges through suffering.
Reconciliation and restoration of relationships are our number one priority.
Love triumphs through family, community, and God.
“A personal story that reads like a conversation with the author and leads you to see light in the darkest of places.” — Kristin Carotenuto, PharmD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Jennifer was reported missing when she failed to show up for work at Central Florida Investments, on the morning of Tuesday, January 24th, 2006.
Those who know Jennifer knew something was wrong immediately. If she was going to be late for work or a meeting she would call. In fact, Jennifer maintained regular routines including talking with her boyfriend, Rob, who lived in south Florida every day during their morning commutes and in the evening before going to bed.
On Monday, the morning of January 23, 2006, Jennifer left her boyfriend’s home in south Florida and drove directly to work in Ocoee FL. That evening, Jennifer left work at approximately 6 PM, walking out of the office building with her boss. They told each other to have a good evening and would meet again in the morning. That evening, Jennifer talked to her mother and father, Joyce and Drew, her brother, Logan, and later with some friends. She ended that night talking with Rob, by phone. That night was the last anyone has heard from or seen Jennifer.
After his niece Jennifer Kesse’s abduction in January 2006, Bill Gilmour fell into a deep ditch of despair. Facing the brutal facts of his life, he courageously decided something had to change—himself. Bill refocused his heart on what is most valuable in life—relationships. He hopes to impact the lives of others by vulnerably and authentically sharing personal lessons learned.
Bill couples experience as an entrepreneur, executive with Humana, department director for Ocean County, NJ, and elected council member – with various ministry responsibilities, including being a class teaching leader with BSF International – to encourage everyone to become the best versions of themselves and reigniting their dreams and aspirations.
Bill and his wife Debbie have been married for over forty years and have three adult children. They were born and raised in New Jersey and currently live in Midlothian, Virginia, after moving from Lake Mary, Florida, in April 2013.
Bill and Debbie have enjoyed being outdoors and hiking along with indoor rowing at the Row House in Midlothian, VA, with a great crew and coaches. Bill recently celebrated hitting a major milestone - 7 million meters rowed!