Bill Gothard was the founder of the Institute in Basic Life Principles, a non-profit corporation established for the purpose of introducing people to the Lord Jesus Christ. Bill received his B.A. (1957) and M.A. (1961) degrees from Wheaton College, and a Ph.D. (2004) degree from Louisiana Baptist University. 

After years of working with teenagers as a young man, Bill was invited to design and teach a course at Wheaton College based on his experiences. The course was given the name “Basic Youth Conflicts.” Those who learned and applied this training found lasting solutions, and soon this course developed into a 30-hour seminar. Over 2.5 million people have now attended the Basic Seminar.