Bill Drake, Concert Artist, Speaker & Worship Leader
Is what you’re living for worth dying for?
Abused and unwanted as a child and young teenager, Bill Drake knows what it is to feel hurt, rejected and without hope. At the age of 19, he was playing piano in bars and nightclubs in and was on the brink of ending what he describes as his “unlovely life.” Then a group of young people decided to step out of their comfort zone and witness to Bill and others like him. They challenged him not to take his life but to lose it, to give it up to the God who loved him unconditionally and who could give his life the purpose it had never had. Bill remembers walking home one night feeling like he had a gun in one hand and a Bible in the other. Which would he choose to use?
By the grace of God, he chose the latter. God radically changed his life and began to use his musical gifting to challenge and encourage many others. Several years later George Verwer, OM’s founder, heard Bill lead worship at Biola University in California and threw out a challenge: “How dare you play and sing songs like that if you are not willing to back it up with your lifestyle?” Bill was stunned. This total stranger had just seen right through all Bill’s pretense and hypocrisy. George went on to challenge Bill to live the commitment he was singing about and join OM as International Music Minister. After graduating from Biola, Bill did this, moving to England with his wife, Teri, and their two daughters, Shelby and Sharayah.
An ordained minister, skilled musician and gifted preacher and teacher, Bill Drake has seen the Lord powerfully touch his ministry. He has been privileged to travel to more than 50 countries, gaining recognition in Australia, South Africa, the US and many countries in Europe. Now based at OM’s USA headquarters near Atlanta, his powerful music and uncompromising message continue to make the life-changing message of God’s love a reality to many internationally each year.
Many have recognized an anointing on Bill’s music similar to that on Keith Green’s, and thousands of lives have been touched and radically changed through this ministry. Bill has released a number of recordings, including his latest, Aroma.
For more information, please visit Bill's website: www.billdrake.com
What Other People Say
"Bill Drake is at heart a missionary. His music has opened doors across the world to effectively communicate Christ to unbelievers, and real, gutsy discipleship to believers. Passion, humility and reality are his hallmarks."
Charles Price ~ Senior Pastor, The Peoples Church, Toronto, Canada
"Regarding Bill’s ministry: I believe he is unique in his combination of prophetic challenge, sensitive ministry and musical excellence. He strikes me as a contemporary Keith Green, but, in so many respects, goes beyond that. 1. His ministry is biblical, rooted in Scripture and emphasizing obedience. 2. It is relevant, up-to-date in style, personal in emphasis and effective in touching the heart. 3. It is passionate, in that he speaks beyond words to the heart, and is modeled by his own life. 4. It is world-focused, the message of God’s heart for the nations comes through loud and clear. The combination of testimony, song and visuals gives depth to the overall message being communicated."
Stuart McAllister ~ International Director, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries
"Bill’s passion and uncompromising obedience of God come through in his songs and his speaking. Don’t expect to be comfortable when you experience “The Crowns Project”. You will have an encounter with God, and that encounter just might bring significant change! We thank God that He brought Bill and his team to Mission Hills!"
Mike Romberger Senior Pastor ~ Mission Hills Church, Greenwood Village, Colorado
"As a senior pastor, I am grateful for Bill and his team who brought an authentic and very real presentation to our congregation with a powerful worship service and a to-the-point message from the Word about what it means to be a witness for Christ."
Ray Schwartz ~ Pastor ~ Pinecrest Community Church ~ Parker, Colorado
"Bill Drake’s ministry is Spiritual Dynamite that needs to be detonated anywhere possible!"
George Verwer ~ Founder of Operation Mobilization
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