Bill Gammill is a multifaceted music minister, singer, instrumentalist, arranger and entertainer located in McKinney, Texas. His special blend of music and humor is a delight to audiences of all ages, both in the US and abroad.
His musical experiences have been widely diverse and include singing at the Improvisation in Los Angeles, at Gospel Music Week in Nashville, opening for B. J. Thomas in Lubbock, touring for nine years as half of the Christian duo Gammill & Murphy, working in recording studios in West Texas as a pianist and arranger, singing solo concerts and serving as Music Pastor at Baptist churches around Texas. He also spent two summers in the country band at Six Flags Over Texas and has been singing and playing keyboard and banjo with the 150-voice Singing Men of Texas in the Dallas area and around the world since 1996. We did say widely diverse, right?
Early Days and Education
Bill Gammill and his two brothers were raised in Fort Worth, Texas by wonderful Christian parents who served their church, Ridglea West Baptist, faithfully. His dad was a mechanical engineer at General Dynamics, his mom a homemaker. Mom was Valedictorian of her high school class and showed talent in both music and art.
Bill was always drawn to music. He was singing by age 2, started playing piano at age 10, added the guitar the day after he saw The Beatles on Ed Sullivan in 1964 in 6thgrade. He began playing string and electric bass in high school and banjo in college.
While growing up, Bill was active in church and the youth program. He received the Lord’s gift of salvation when he was 8 and felt God calling him to ministry when he was 14. He formed a folk/pop/Christian trio in 10thgrade with lifelong friends Larry Mullens and Jim Garrison that stayed busy on the church banquet circuit through high school. Bill and Jim continued the trio at Texas Tech with bass singer, Bill Louthan.
After high school, Bill went west to Texas Tech in Lubbock, where he played a major role in the largest church university ministry in America at First Baptist, Lubbock, where over 1,000 students attended the University Worship Service each week.
After earning a degree in Music Education, Bill became the choral director to over 400 students at Evans Jr. High in Lubbock for two years and was also the worship leader for the University Service at First Baptist, Lubbock. He directed the 90-voice University Singers Choir and the Truth-like ensemble, Crossroad.
Bill Gammill left teaching in 1977 to work at Don Caldwell Recording Studio in Lubbock as pianist, arranger and jingle writer on hundreds of sessions and album projects over the next four years. He worked with many talented musicians in the studio, including Lloyd Maines, Kenny Maines, the Maines Brothers Band, Steve Meador, Don and Terri Caldwell, Joe Ely, Jesse Taylor and Butch Hancock.
It was at this time that Bill began drawing the attention of others in the music industry. He opened for BJ Thomas in the Lubbock Coliseum in March 1978 and a few months later sang three original songs at the BMI Songwriter’s Showcase at the famed Improvisation in Los Angeles.
Back in Lubbock in 1981, Bill teamed up with college friend Russ Murphy to form Gammill & Murphy. They traveled throughout the Southwest US leading youth camps, revivals, singing concerts and banquets and recording until 1989 and saw thousands of youth and adults give their lives to the Lord. They helped with mission trips to Bolivia, Italy and twice to Kenya.
Church Staff Ministry
Since 1990, Bill has served in several Texas churches as full-time Minister of Music, the first one being Melonie Park Baptist Church in Lubbock. Bill also sang and played keyboard with the Singing Men of West Texas, a Baptist men’s chorus, from 1990 until 1996. The men sing monthly in one of their churches.
Bill then served First Baptist Church, Brownwood, TX in 1996 for five years leading a full music program of adult, youth and children’s choirs, handbells and orchestra. While in Brownwood, he joined the Singing Men of North Central Texas and still plays keyboard with this 150 voice men’s chorus. They have been on mission to Spain, China, Rio, Austria, Chez Republic and five times to Ukraine where many thousands have received the Lord at their concerts.
Bill joined the staff of Parkway Baptist Church in McKinney, TX in 2003 as Music Minister. While at Parkway Baptist, Bill played keys, guitar and banjo in the country band at Six Flags Over Texas for two summers – 2005 and 2006.
After leaving Parkway, he continued his concert ministry, served as a worship leader and went on mission to South Africa with FBC McKinney.
Family and Spiritual Life
Rewind… When Bill was completing his studies at Tech in 1975, he met Beverly Squyres from San Antonio at First Baptist, Lubbock and they married in 1980 during his studio days. They remained in Lubbock and had two daughters, Erin and Rachel. Bev was a wonderful mom and homemaker and a great cook. She taught children’s Sunday School and directed the Mother’s Day Out program at their church. Bev also taught 2ndand 3rdgrade at South Elementary in Brownwood.
Raising Erin and Rachel was both a joy and a serious responsibility for Bill and Bev, as any parent knows. The Gammills moved to Brownwood in 1996 when Bill became Music Minister at First Baptist. Their daughters loved their youth group at the church and Bill and Bev loved serving there.
The first great tragedy struck their family in June of 2002 when Rachel was killed in an auto accident two weeks after she graduated from high school. This brought Bill, Bev and Erin closer to each other and the Lord as they dealt with the unthinkable loss.
Three weeks after the accident, they moved to a house in Dallas for a year. Bill did interim work until God called them to serve Parkway Baptist in McKinney in 2003. Bev began teaching Kindergarten in Frisco school year 2003-2004. In June of 2004, Bev awoke one night with a pain in her side. After a biopsy, they learned that her breast cancer from 1997 had returned in her liver. She took chemotherapy for ten months until they and the doctor agreed that it was not successful. Seven months after chemotherapy was stopped, Bev passed away on Nov. 1, 2005. Her gentle, quiet, loving spirit touched so many lives. She and Bill were married almost 26 years.
While at Parkway Baptist, Bill played keys, guitar and banjo in the country band at Six Flags Over Texas for two summers – 2005 and 2006. He continued his concert ministry and served as a freelance worship leader.
In 2007, Bill reconnected with Pam Elliott, a lady he met at First Baptist, Lubbock in college, who had been living and teaching school for the Air Force in Italy near Venice for 14 years. After dating long distance by email and phone for 15 months, Bill and Pam were married in April of 2008 and Bill moved to Italy to live with her there.
Bill led worship with a Praise Team at the chapel for the Contemporary Protestant Service for six years. The Praise Team members and spouses were like adopted children to Pam and Bill and to their kids, the Gammills were “Nonna Pam” and “Grampa Bill.”
Pam had been teaching elementary school for the Air Force at Aviano Elementary on Aviano Air Base since 1994. She loved Italy (who doesn’t?), living in the rural northeast province with it’s vineyards, mountains, ocean, 300+ year old architecture and lovely, cool climate, as well as the food, the culture, weekly markets and annual festivals. Pam taught in Italy for 20 years. She loved to garden, cook, travel and collect antiques. Bill and Pam would remain there until 2014 when she retired from teaching.
Bill and Pam moved back to McKinney, TX in July of 2014. Pam had been diagnosed with lymphoma in 2005 while having a kidney removed for cancer, three years before they were married. However, it remained dormant in her abdomen until they moved back to Texas. Then it started to progress. Pam soon started chemo and radiation for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and for a tumor in her breast that November. Though she faced one set back after another, her faith was rock solid and was an inspiration to those who were following her in person and on Facebook. Heart problems caused by the chemo forced her to stop the therapy.
Pam began to eat very little and show signs of weakness, using a wheelchair and a walker. She died of lymphoma September 25, 2017. Pam and Bill were married for nine and a half years. Her Memorial Service in McKinney was such a tribute to her faith, kindness, servanthood and mentorship to so many young women and former students. Two chaplains and three praise team members that they worked with in Aviano and their family members came, some from halfway across America to speak, officiate, eulogize and “be there” for Pam.
Bill’s other daughter, Erin Radford, in her mid 30s now, is married and has three small children, two girls and a boy. They live 15 minutes from Bill in Allen, Texas. Bill loves being a grandparent and babysits often. He still spends time with his mother and brothers in Fort Worth.
Since returning to Texas, Bill has been doing interim and fill-in worship leading at various churches around DFW and is in constant demand for concerts, banquets and senior adult events. He also continues to play keyboard with the Singing Men of Texas – North Central.Bill enjoys recording in his home studio, photography, travel, gardening and playing with the grandkids. You can also see his Italy music videos if you search Bill Gammill on YouTube.
Bill would want you to know - “God said, ‘I will repay you for the years that the locusts have eaten.’ (Joel 2:25) If you trust Him, all things work together for good. The losses I’ve experienced have caused me to thank Him for every relationship, for every day I got to have them in my life. His faithfulness and love can be relied on.”
Inquiries and Scheduling
Bill is a worship leader, entertainer, outstanding vocalist, multi-instrumentalist (piano, guitar, banjo), humorist, recording artist, recording studio musician, arranger, and orchestrator. Please contact Bill to inquire more about his ministry or inquire about scheduling Bill for your next event or ministry opportunity.