Bill Gothard Biography, Career, Principles, Age, Education, Height, and Net Worth.

Who is Bill Gothard?

Bill Gothard is an American pastor, writer, and speaker. In addition, he is also the founder of the Institute for Basic Life Principles (IBLP).

Moreover, some of his conservative teachings include Bible memorizing, big families, homeschooling, debt avoidance, respect for authority, and conservative dress. In addition, he also teaches expanded concepts concerning identity, family, education, healthcare, music, and finances.

However, in 2014 he left IBLP after he was accused of sexual harassment and molestation. Together with IBLP, they were sued by a group of alleged victims. However, two years later the lawsuit was dismissed due to the statute of limitation.

As he grew famous in the 1970s, Bill Gothard’s Basic Youth Conflicts lecture was frequently filling auditoriums across the United States and overseas. Where the attendance numbers of ten thousand or more for a one-week session. As a result, of his fashion, he managed to reach out to many members of the evangelical community from the Baby Boomer generation during their adolescence and early adulthood.

In addition, during this time he managed to hold other seminars such as advanced youth conflict as well as seminars for pastors, Physicians, and legislators. Moreover, as a result of his success,  he has credited a large influence on his parent.


He started his career in 1961, while he was still at the University. Where he founded an organization called Campus Teams. The organization was later rebranded in 1974 and it was called Institute in Basic Youth Conflict. In 1989, it rebranded again as Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBP). At this time the organization had started to grow and he became the president of the company. In addition, he was still a board member until he resigned in 2014.

Furthermore, he was still the founder of the Advanced Training Institute (ATI), which he founded in 1984. The program was dealing with homeschooling programs with a curriculum based on the Sermon on Mount.

Gothard has a long history of political relationships with Republican leaders such as Mike Huckabee, Sonny Perdue, and Sarah Palin. His preaching was also well-liked by the reality television Duggar family and others.

How Old Is Bill Gothard?

He was born on November 2, 1934, he is 86 as of 2021. 

Bill Gothard Family

Who are His Parents?

He was born in Illinois, as the son of William Gothard, Sr and Carmen Christina Gothard. In addition, his father was also a speaker at many seminars during his early years. His father also held a high position with different organizations such as Gideons, Child Evangelism Fellowship, and Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago.

Does He Have Siblings?

He has not disclosed any information about his siblings. In case of any details, we will update it as soon as possible.

Bill Gothard Education

Bill Gothard started his education at Wheaton College, where he received his B.A. in biblical studies in 1957. After that, he acquired his M.A. in Christian education in 1961. He then completed his Ph.D. in biblical studies at Louisiana Baptist University in 2004.

Bill Gothard Spouse

Gothard has never been married, in addition, he has managed to keep information about his love life.

Bill Gothard Children

He has no children at the moment, in case of any information we will update as soon as possible.


When it comes to teachings he focuses on what he calls seven ” Basic Life Principles”. According to him, these seven principles are universal, and that people will suffer consequences if they violate them. His principles are called Design, Authority, Responsibility, Suffering, Ownership, Freedom, and Success.

Design Principle

It says that people should understand the specific purpose for which God created them. A to his according to his scripture. ” A person’s attitude toward himself has a profound influence on his family, his friends, his future and many other significant areas of life”.

The Authority Principle

According to him, this principle says that inward peace results when people respect and honor the authority that is the parents and the government that God has put into people’s lives. The principle is based on the idea that God gives direction, protection, and provision through human authorities.

The Responsibility

This principle says that clear conscience results when people notice that they are responsible to God for every thought, word, action, and motive. In addition, part of this principle includes asking for forgiveness from anybody who you have offended so that no one can point a finger at you and claim ” You have offended me and never asked for forgiveness”.

The Suffering

This Principal says that individuals should enable offenders’ wounds to show “blind spots” in their own lives. Genuine delight results from completely forgiving offenders.

The Ownership

According to this principle, people are stewards, not owners, of their possessions. Bill teaches that anger results from not yielding personal rights to God.

The Freedom

This principle says that enjoying the desire and ability to do what is right. Moreover, it also says True freedom produces moral purity. Learning to live in the Spirit and take the victory that Christ has already won by His death, burial, and resurrection is the key to freedom.

The Success

According to these principles, when people learn to think God’s thoughts by meditating on and memorizing scripture, they make wise decisions and fulfill their life purposes.


1986- Advanced Seminar Textbook. Institute in Basic Life Principles, .
1971-Basic Preparation for Engagement. Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts, .
1979 -Basic Seminar Textbook. Institute in Basic Life Principles.
1981- Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts: Research in Principles of Life. Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts.
1979- Men’s Manual, Vol. 1. Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts.
1983 -Men’s Manual, Vol. 2. Institute in Basic Life Principles.
2004- Nuestro Dios Celoso/Our Jealous God: El Amor Que no me Deja ir/The love that doesn’t let me go. Editorial Unilit.
2003- Our Jealous God. Life Change Books.
1982- Rebuilder’s Guide. Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts.
1986-Research in Principles of Life: Advanced Seminar Textbook. Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts.
2004- Rewards of Being Reviled. Life Change Books.
1984-Self-Acceptance. Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts.
2010- The Amazing Way. Institute in Basic Life Principles.
2002- The Power of Crying Out. Life Change Books
2004- The Power of Spoken Blessings. Life Change Books.
2000- The Sevenfold Power of First-Century Churches and Homes. Life Change Books.
2011-Why Did God Let It Happen? Institute in Basic Life Principles.

Bill Gothard Height

He has not yet disclosed any information about his actual height, weight, and body measurement.

Bill Gothard’s Net Worth

His net worth is estimated to be around $100 million.

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