People@Work: Bill Hayes
NAME: Bill Hayes
FAMILY: Sally Hayes (wife), two dogs (Mollie and Bella), one cat (Grey)
POSITION: Pastor, Edgewood Presbyterian Church
HOMETOWN: Rock Hill, S.C.
What are the five most frequently played songs on your iPod playlist? I don’t have an iPod; I listen to a lot of contemporary Christian and light rock in my car, and classical during the day while I am working.
What is your favorite movie? Either "The Patriot" or "Braveheart" — not that I am a big Mel Gibson fan, but I love history and stories of people who stood up for what they thought were the right things.
What is your favorite book? Besides The Bible, I have a lot of favorite books — mostly John Grisham and Tom Clancy.
Is there a hobby you can't live without? Reading
Is there an item or collectible you hold dear? Any of my wife's pottery
Where would someone be most likely to find you on a Saturday night? At home with Sally and studying my sermon
What was your dream job when you were a child? Drummer in a rock band, cowboy
What are some of your favorite things? My Bible, my laptop computer and smartphone, television to watch sports and good movies
What would be your last meal? Either steak or Italian — actually, I like all foods!
Who would be your ideal dinner guests? (Name three, living or dead) Jesus, Abraham Lincoln, John Calvin
What is something interesting most people don't know about you? I used to have a dog named Halleluia.
Ideal vacation spot: Beach
Favorite professional sports team: Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Braves, Durham Bulls
If you were given $5,000 to donate to a nonprofit organization, which would you pick? Edgewood Presbyterian Church and CUOC.
What's the worst injury you've ever had? Torn ACL in right knee
Ever had a brush with celebrity? Not really
What would you like to know about the future? Nothing — I just try to live each day the best way I can.
What's your favorite website? Facebook
Would you go bungee jumping or skydiving? Not now – I might have when I was younger and my knees were better.
Do you have a tattoo? Nope
Any fears or phobias? Nope
Ever been outside the United States? Israel, Europe, Haiti, Canada
Did you have a childhood nickname? Turtle
Favorite kind of cookie? Currently any girl scout cookie
Favorite season? Spring
What's the hardest thing you've ever had to tell someone? Whenever I have to tell someone a loved one of theirs has died.
Would you consider plastic surgery if someone else paid for it? Nope – not even a hair transplant
What's the most embarrassing experience you've ever had at work? The first Christmas Eve communion service I officiated, and the entire pitcher of juice spilled on the floor of the church.
Which actor would portray you in a movie about your life? A comedian, I am sure.
Biggest pet peeve? People who are not honest with me
What's your usual wake-up time in the morning? 5 a.m. Sunday – Friday, maybe 7 a.m. Saturday.
What talent do you wish you had? Playing the piano
Ever seen a ghost? Nope
What superhero power would you most like to have? Ability to heal people
What was your favorite TV show when you were growing up? "The Monkees"
Favorite band or musical artist? Jazz musician or light rock – It used to be The Rolling Stones, but can’t take the noise like I used to.
To keep the stars on the flag nice and even, which state should be traded for Puerto Rico? Not sure
What's your cell phone ringtone? Regular phone sound – although I do have some contacts that use “Bad To The Bone” as their ringtone.
Favorite dessert? Anything chocolate
Who's your best friend and why? My wife, Sally, because she knows everything about me and still loves me
You are walking down the street on your way to work. There is a dog drowning in the canal on the side of the street. Your boss has told you if you are late one more time, you get fired. What do you do? Save the dog
If you could go back in time and change one historic event, what would it be? I would try to stop John Wilkes Booth from assassinating Lincoln or Oswald from assassinating Kennedy.
What's your favorite condiment? Texas Pete
Do you have bumper stickers of any kind on your car? Presbyterian symbol from church I used to serve
If you could never hear the music of one musical artist ever again, which would it be? Black Eyed Peas.
If you could create one rule that all society had to live by, what would it be? Love God – love others.
How do you define success? Helping people
Ever wondered by Kamikaze pilots wore helmets? The thought has never crossed my mind.
Hamburger or pizza? Pizza
Describe your life philosophy in six words or less: Love God and love others.