Bill Little holds a basketball free-throw record—857 free
throws made in one hour. It's no accident. Granted, he has natural athletic
ability, but just as importantly, he applies a mental technique of visualization
when he shoots hoops. Little has shared this technique—the practice in which an
individual imagines himself achieving a particular goal—in his
professional career as a minister, counselor, and teacher to help audiences as
diverse as cancer patients, professional athletes, church congregations, and
His first and longest-running credit is as senior pastor of
Christ Memorial Baptist Church in St. Louis, where Little has served since 1959.
He arrived there freshly graduated from East Texas Baptist College in Marshall,
Texas, with a bachelor of arts in history. Since then, he has earned a master of
theology degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City,
Missouri, a master of science degree in education from Southern Illinois
University, and a doctor of philosophy degree in counseling from Washington
University in St. Louis.
Little has served as an oncology counselor at St. Louis
hospitals and was a regular guest media counselor for seventeen years on KMOX
Radio, a CBS radio affiliate in St. Louis. Making history as the first
psychologist to be officially employed by a major league baseball team, Little
served as sports psychologist and drug counselor for the St. Louis Cardinals and
Seattle Mariners baseball teams in the early 1980s.
An active speaker, Little has lectured for the brewmeisters
of Anheuser-Busch, project managers and administrators for Associated General
Contractors of America, and numerous sales staffs, the largest of which was the
Million Dollar Round Table at Radio City Music Hall, where he captivated a crowd
of over five thousand participants. He has led conferences on alcoholism,
marriage and family relations, stress, communications, management, and
motivation. East Texas Baptist University recognized him with the J. Wesley
Smith Award as the outstanding alumnus for 2004.
A native of Gideon, Missouri, Bill Little now resides in St.
Louis. He writes poetry for his own enjoyment, with over three thousand
unpublished pieces to his credit. He enjoys studying languages and continues to
play basketball competitively in local, state, and national tournaments. He
revels in his role as husband to Teresa Gay, father of four, grandfather, and