All across the world, worshippers are raising their voices making the simple, yet profound declaration, “I Give Myself Away So You Can Use Me.” This heart-felt anthem is stirring up a movement of renewed abandon to the cause of Christ. It was penned and first heralded by William McDowell. The song is the cry of William’s heart and the foundation of his worship ministry. Many have joined him in singing this song, but few know about the road William has walked, leading him straight to this place of sharing God’s heart with the world.
William’s humble beginnings on his keyboard at his home in Cincinnati, OH produced the passion and heart for worship that he possesses today. He spent hours alone with the Lord offering up his gift, in return receiving songs that he now delivers in congregations across the country. With a dream in his heart to learn how to effectively produce excellent worship music for the Kingdom, William moved to Orlando, FL. He attended the popular Multimedia Arts school, Full Sail University. While still a student, he became the Music Director for International Praise and Worship Pioneer, Ron Kenoly. Kenoly mentored William and helped prepare him for the call on his life to reach the nations.
After graduating from Full Sail with a degree in Entertainment Business, William went on to become the Worship Pastor at The Gathering Place Church (TGP). Under the leadership of Pastor Sam Hinn, William was able to further develop his gift of leading worship with a prophetic edge. It was at TGP, during a Wednesday night prayer meeting, that “I Give Myself Away” was delivered prophetically by William and Pastor Hinn. William served the multicultural congregation in Lake Mary, FL for 4 years before stepping out to share his ministry full-time. William’s live CD “As We Worship,” was recorded at TGP. That night, hundreds joined together in uninhibited, life-changing worship. The double-disc “worship experience” is currently climbing Gospel and Christian Music Radio and Sales Charts steadily. As for the success of the CD, William says God told him before the release “if you speak what I’m speaking, I will make a way for my message to be heard.”
William now ministers at churches and for conferences across the globe encouraging others to join the movement sweeping the nations. He says his ministry assignment is to declare the truth of God’s word by releasing an authentic sound that ushers people into the presence of God. His goal is to equip others in the Kingdom to carry out that same assignment. You can definitely expect a genuine encounter with God when William leads worship. He is revolutionizing the way churches view the simple act of “loving on God,” one congregation at a time. His assignment and his message are relevant, powerful, thought-provoking and transforming.
When William is not traveling, he spends time wearing another hat behind the scenes. He has written and produced songs for his own music projects, as well as other Christian artists. William also owns a recording studio in Orlando. Delivery Room Studios has hosted Israel Houghton, Aaron Lindsey, Martha Munizzi, Group 1 Crew, Freddy Rodriguez, Dwayne Woods, Trent Cory, KJ-52 and countless others. Just like the artists he’s hosted, William’s musical production is versatile and engaging, all the while maintaining the purity of the message of the Gospel.
William McDowell certainly has a list of growing music industry and ministry accomplishments, but none that he is more proud of than his role of husband and soon-to-be father. William married his partner in life and love, LaTae McDowell, last May and they are expecting their first child in September of this year. William is excited about discovering all God has in store for his family and his ministry. He plans to continue “giving himself away” to be used by God to impact the Kingdom and raise up a generation of worshippers willing to do the same.