Pastor John Paul McGee, a gifted young servant of God, is the son of Pastor Steven McGee (Cincinnati, OH) and Carol Bonds (Baltimore, MD). He received Christ at the tender age of five and accepted his call to the preaching ministry at age 12. Elder McGee was licensed to preach on February 21, 1999 at the New Friendship Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Ralph D. White, and ordained an Elder on June 20, 2007 at Hope Fellowship Church by Bishop Derek T. Triplett. There he served as the Associate Pastor of Music and Ministry Development. Pastor McGee currently serves the St. James United Methodist Church, the fastest growing African American Church in Alpharetta, GA as Pastor of Worship and Arts.
Since a young age, by God’s grace, Pastor John has been frequently engaged as a motivational speaker, lecturer, orator and revivalist for various churches and organizations throughout the United States and various international locations. Most recently in the summer of 2010, Pastor McGee was featured in a 10 day preaching and miracle crusade in Ghana, West Africa. His unique preaching gift and writing prowess was recognized in 2009 when his sermon “Handle Your Business” was featured in the Seminarian’s Issue of the African American Pulpit Journal, the premier publication in the United States for preaching in the African American tradition.
In addition to the ministry of proclamation, John is also an anointed minstrel of music. At the age of four without any formal training, he began to play familiar hymns and church songs by ear. Pastor McGee’s mother, aware of his special gift, made the sacrifices necessary to ensure that John received official musical training and development. By age of eleven, he was studying piano and pipe organ at the New Shiloh School of Music under the tutelage of the late Dr. Nathan Carter. He graduated in 2002 from Baltimore School for the Arts, a national leader amongst college preparatory arts high schools, with an arts certificate in Piano and Opera Studies. His studies and performances also extend to the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the Washington Opera Institute for Young Singers, Nationally Syndicated NPR Radio Show “From the Top”, and many more.
While growing as a musician academically, John also pursued his musical gifting in gospel music. He began his career in church music at the age of 12 as full-time minister of music at Waters AME church in Baltimore. For the next five years, he served in various administrative and musical capacities at major churches in the Baltimore/Washington Metropolitan area. As a keyboardist, vocal arranger, producer, and songwriter he has been privileged to grace stages on major platforms with many popular gospel and secular artists such as: Patti Labelle, The Isley Brothers, Twinkie Clark-Terrell, Karen-Clark Sheard, Judith McCallister, Byron Cage, Shirley Caesar, Dorothy Norwood, Kierra Sheard, Lecresia Campbell, Cynthia Wilson, Bruce Parham, Alvin Darling, Tedd Winn, Wess Morgan, IZZY, Kim McFarland, Maurette Brown-Clark, Vashawn Mitchell, Stephen Hurd, Steve Lawrence, Jonathan Nelson, Anthony Brown and many others. His work at production extends to the Central Florida Mass Choir, Derek Triplett and the Hope Fellowship Chorale, Bishop W.L Washington and the Powerhouse Church of Deliverance Choir, B Chase Williams and the Shabach Choir, the Arkansas Gospel Mass Choir, and Bishop Rudolph McKissick and the Word and Worship Mass Choir, to name a few. John currently serves independent gospel label Emtro Records as vocal producer.
John’s style of playing is referred to as a unique intermingling of the gospel, classical, and jazz genres. As such he has been awarded several honors and claimed first place in several national piano competitions. He has been the featured guest for the Daytona Beach Symphony Society annual luncheon as well as an invited pianist for varying types of events. Through his unique musical gifting God has opened doors for Pastor McGee to touch lives across the state of Florida and various portions of the world, at various jazz festivals, competitions, dinner engagements, and tours. John traveled with the jazz combo as the featured pianist on a performing tour of Barcelona and Madrid, Spain. He is frequently engaged as a clinician and workshop instructor in the music arena. In 2006 and 2008, he was blessed to serve the people of Copenhagen, Denmark during their annual Gospel Music Festival as a clinician and instructor Most recently, he was engaged for Sangfesten 2010 in Flekkefjord, Norway. There he was responsible for planning and leading their annual week long celebration of gospel music. He also won first place in the 2006 James A. Hefner HBCU National Piano Competition, held at Tennessee State University. Pastor
McGee regularly appears as collaborative pianist with Grammy Nominated artist Rev. Cynthia Wilson, leading worship in many of the foremost conferences for the United Methodist Church Conferences across America (Convocation for UMC Black Pastors, Convocation of UMC Extended Cabinets, Aldersgate Conference).
John McGee is a 2006 graduate of Bethune-Cookman College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music with a concentration in Piano Performance. He is a May 2008 graduate of Liberty University with a Master of Arts in Religion with a concentration in Church Ministries. There at Liberty, his seminary professors and homiletics classmates elected him “Preacher of the Semester”. Pastor John has also studied at Regent University, Asbury Theological Seminary, and Gammon Theological Seminary of the ITC in Atlanta, GA. He is currently matriculating to a Master of Sacred Music Degree with a concentration in Pipe Organ Performance from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Although his accomplishments are many, Pastor McGee does not want to be known simply as a great musician or preacher He desires that in whatever form of ministry he executes that God’s people would have an authentic encounter with the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.
RELEASE DATE: December 2, 2014
LABEL: EPM Music Group