Billy Stevenson

As Director of International Programs at John Brown University, Bill Stevenson loves to create a global learning environment for university students. 

Stevenson’s life has followed a circuitous route -- starting with an early childhood in Northern Ireland, moving on to South Korea and, ultimately, bringing him to the United States. His own intercultural experience has equipped him to understand the unique struggles and challenges that face students studying in different countries. 

Stevenson’s work has enabled him to travel to more than 70 countries. Speaking engagements take him on the road nationally and internationally. He is called upon to discuss topics as diverse as international travel risk management, conflict resolution, cross-cultural leadership, Irish Politics and society, as well as to share his personal testimony.

Watch Billy's 10/6/22 Chapel Address at George Fox University

Billy Featured on the BBC Sounds

BBC-Shankill-Goldrush"Assume Nothing: The Shankill Gold Rush"

In the summer of 1969, weeks before the Troubles would ignite, children playing in the rubble of a demolition site struck gold! While searching for treasure hundreds, maybe thousands of gold sovereigns, hidden and forgotten years before, tumbled to the ground from a chimney stack. More than 50 years later, author Glenn Patterson visits the Lower Shankill Road to find out who the coins belonged to. Why were they hidden? And where are they now?

Listed to this five-episode audio production and learn about Billy's discovery of gold on Shankill Road.

When Peace Calls

By Jessica Daugherty, George Fox University
When Billy Stevenson was 6 years old, his father handed him a gun. He was ordered to protect his mother and sister, but from whom?
Just days before, in his little house on Shankill Road in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the IRA opened machine guns on their doors and windows. Stevenson’s grandmother jumped on top of him to shield him from the blast. “She says that she saved my life that night . . . but honestly, the sheer weight of her almost killed me,” he recalls.