Let's start with the short bio at the now-defunct communities4christ.com:
In the spirit of self-sufficiency (through God), which is a major part of William R. Collier, Jr.'s philosophy, he has run a number of self-owned businesses, including a ceramic shop, ran local newspapers, earned an insurance license, and currently has a marketing/consulting business, Kross Publishing.
His experience in missions work and evangelizing started in 1987 when he designed and ran a discipleship program while working in U.S. Navy Intelligence (1987-1991).
He has also been a drama team director for his local church, helped plant a church, served on the Mission Board of his church and also serves as an advisor to the local women's AGLOW program (also through his church).
He has conducted numerous Christian seminars through the years.
His goals, while running his evangelical outreach programs, have been to see new converts get baptized and out street preaching within 90 days.
His programs have consistently achieved a 70% retention rate amongst new converts.
At present, he is at work designing a new outreach program for the inner city part of Harrisburg, Pa.
He currently lives and writes in Marysville, Pa, along with his wife, Dora, and his two children, Arthur and Billy.
Living the American Dream™, Bill sought to help others acheive success with his Bible study programs. After carefully detailing his utopian society's pyramid scheme, Bill offers to send you ebooks and other information on his mentoring program.
If there's one thing you should know about Bill, it's that he likes to sell his knowledge. A lot. In fact, this becomes a recurring theme in all of his sites - over 20 at the time of this writing. More on those later.
Bill continues his work with thejesuscommunity.com, a site for people who are Christian and enjoy downloading PDFs. Are you not Christian or do you not enjoy downloading PDFs? You wouldn't understand.
Finally, we come to upadaria.com, the realm of Upadarians or unicorns or something. What's a Upadarian? Why, it's someone in a Field of Dreams community! A Field of Dreams community is a virtual community composed of nutcases. Think somewhere between Second Life and the movie "The Net".
Field of Dreams Communities has been around since 1999 when John Graham, the Chairman, started doing his daily "Field of Dreams" email, sending it to family, friends, and associates. Over time John started growing that list and as his readers expressed interests of all types, he started to create various groups or them to "meet" in, sending every group a daily "Field of Dreams" email and letting them have their own conversations.
John Graham was a professional baseball Manager for Minor League teams, a sports caster on radio, the owner of a Rest Home, and even the youngest Party Chairman ever for a major city party organization, the Hampton Roads area GOP. graham continues to be active as a newspaper writer and businessman and is considering a bid for the State Senate where he lives.
By 2002 the current leaders of Field of Dreams Communities came together with John and formed Field of Dreams Communities. These members included Bill Collier, Paul Collier, Dean Chambers and John Graham. Other participants in some of our communities of note included Bruce Murray, Terry Taylor, Darrel Lucus, Mike McGee and many others who came and went.
While FODC (Field of Dreams Communities) has always been multidimensional, our focus in 2002 was on "political simulations". At the time, we had maybe 1,000 members spread throughout 100 or so groups. Our "flagship" community was "Virtual USA" a political simulation based on Yahoo Groups which became the largest and the most active political simulation on Yahoo Groups with over 700 members, with a full Presidential cabinet, Supreme Court, and Senate and with over 200 House Seats filled.
Other projects which were offshoots of these communities include the privately owned "Great Leagues" community which is owned by Dean Chambers. http://www.greatleagues.com/ is a community for people who play online games and who use "BUX", digital currency, to enter tournaments and win "prizes". Dean provides the platform and the custom designed software for their community and has free and paid subscribers.
The latest project to "spin off" of FODC is The American Freedomist Network and its "Freedomist Congress USA" along with American Freedomist Radio and The Freedomist Party USA.
The AFN is being developed as a corporation with shares owned by FODC, by Jena's Digital Empire, Kross Publishing, The Ecklesia 21 Society, The Freedomist Party USA, and investors as well as, eventually, franchise owners who gain "vested" status.
The Freedomist Congress USA is being set up as a corporation that will be owned by Club Owners, investors, The AFN itself, and by its paid subscribers. The FCUSA is designed to "Shadow" the "Delegates" to Congress and to create a "Shadow Government" of sorts for Freedomists which will implement their vision of a limited government and maximum individual sovereignty with local control.
The Freedomist Party USA is going to be a 527 Organization owned by its dues paying members with the aim in mind of advocating for the RIGHTS of individuals, private associations and businesses, and local communities by means of influencing politicians and political parties according to the precepts of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The FPUSA is NOT a "Political Party" so much as a "coalition" of "caucuses" which include Democrats, Republicans, Constitutionalists, and Independents.
Christian members of Field of Dreams Communities have long had our "Upadaria" Group. Upadaria is a "virtual" homeland for Christian Freedomists who want a more simple Christian life and who beleive in Christian Community that is operated by The Ecklesia 21 Society International. The E21SI is a fraternal society for Christian Freedomists around the world. The American "Society" is called "the Upadarian Society of America" (USA) after its virtual homeland.
Paul Collier created "NovusNow", a group that focused on sustainability and new technology, which has evolved into The Sovereignty Union (http://www.sovereigntyunion.org/) which is based on the premise that sustainability is sovereignty. This group has over 200 members from around the world.
The number of Field of Dreams Communities has grown over the years, and so have the number of subscribers to our groups. Today, well over 10,000 Americans and 2,000 or so people from around the world receive The Field of Dreams Today in their email box. These members belong to around 1500 different groups and clubs on Google groups, Yahoo group, MSN groups, and elsewhere.
We will be MIGRATING our members and our groups to this network, and we will be upgrading it, first through our own branding, and then by purchasing customized software from the NING platform to add features and improvements, including, for instance, a "mail to form" feature that will enable you to use email to create forum topics, read them, and reply and a forum system and groups system that allows for up to 12 levels of sub-categories.
We want to thank ALL the THOUSANDS of people who have made Field of Dreams Communities "America's Online Community" and all the many who even today, as moderators, group members, and group owners, make FODC a place where you can make friends, meet new people, and express yourself in countless ways.
The Field of Dreams Communities Board of Directors
John graham, Chairman
Bill Collier, Vice Chairman (Communications)
Paul Collier, Vice Chairman (Multimedia)
Dean Chambers (IT and Cyber Security)
Are you scared? You probably should be.