Willie Barthel, Jr.
Willie is currently Director of Music & Arts at the historic Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio where the honorable Dr. Charles E. Booth serves as Senior Pastor. Willie is responsible for the choirs, mime, dance, step and media ministries. Under his leadership the church began its Music Academy to help train and develop current and future music personnel. Willie has taught at Raise Productions, a local gospel music school headed by the renowned Dr. Raymond Wise. Willie also served as adjunct faculty at Columbus State Community College where he was the first Gospel Choir Director.
Willie has recorded two CD’s: ‘Flawless’ and ‘Awesome.’ The CD’s include all original music written and arranged by Willie. You will find a variety of good music to teach to your choir and or praise team.
Willie made his radio debut as co-host of the Gospel Music Radio Show (1580 WVKO), Columbus, Ohio September 2012.
Willie has served as the Music Director for the City Wide Revival Choir (200 voices) for the past four years. He also served as the Progressive National Baptist Regional Music Director for the youth department (over 150 voices) for five years.
Willie had the opportunity to share the stage with some of gospel music's greatest artists including: Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, The Clark Sisters, Fred Hammond, Commissioned, The Mississippi Mass Choir, Lexi and Witness, to name a few.
Willie has shared his musical gifts and talents in various denominations such as: The Church of God In Christ, The Baptist Church, The Lutheran Church, The Catholic Church, The Methodist Church and Interdenominational churches. Willie has the unique ability to adapt to various environments and audiences in order to relay the gospel via song.
God has blessed Willie to obtain his Associates of Applied Science Degree in Micro computing Technology from Columbus State Community College, his Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology from Wilberforce University and his Masters of Arts in Church Music Degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. He went back to school again in December 2010 and obtained his Licensed Practical Nurse Diploma (LPN).
Willie has been invited to numerous workshops, concerts, conferences, prisons, schools, and colleges to share the good news thru music.