Biographical Sketch



Eli Wilson, Jr., is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He is an ordained Minister of Music with 32 years of full time service. He is the founder of Eli Wilson Ministries - A Church Music Resource Ministry for Church Music Leaders, Pastors, Seminarians, and Choir Members. 


Eli is an independent recording artist with 8 CDs to his credit:

  • Introducing Eli Wilson Jr.: God's Word Shall Forevermore
  • Pure and Simple
  • In My Quiet Time
  • For His Glory
  • Conversations With God
  • The Thoughts of My Heart
  • The Best of Eli Wilson Jr.: Volume One
  • Christmas Is Christ

His compositions have been recorded by Babbie Mason, Keith Pringle, Ben Hill United Methodist Church, and Trinity United Church of Christ.

He has been published in: 

•The African American Heritage Hymnbook

•Zion Still Sings

•The New Century Hymnbook

•New Wine In Old Wine Skins

•The African American Church Music Series

•Total Praise Hymnbook


Eli is the author of Equipping the Church for Ministry and the first in a series of ebooks entitled The Chenaniah Series. - both available on


Minister Wilson did his undergraduate study at Dillard University - New Orleans - in Vocal Music Education and his post-graduate study at Colgate-Rochester Divinity School and the Eastman School of Music - Rochester, NY - in a combined Masters program in Christian Education and Sacred Music. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate from Virginia Seminary and College.


Eli is the Music Director for the Children's Defense Fund's Proctor Institute at Haley Farm. He has been a worship leader and workshop facilitator at the Hampton Minister' Conference. He is a Certified Life Course and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. 


Eli is married to Brenda Marie Simmons-Wilson. Together they have two sons, Eli III (husband to Nikitia Grant-Wilson), LeVar Antoine (husband to Angelia Miller-Wilson) and the grandparents of a grandson (Elijah LeVar Wilson).


Eli is committed to the work of Jesus Christ, and has dedicated himself to helping leaders realize their full potential.


Eli is married to the former Brenda Marie Simmons and together they have two sons, Eli III and LeVar Antoine.

Minister Eli Wilson is committed to the work of Jesus Christ, and has dedicated himself to helping leaders realize their full potential. 


Certified Life Coach 
Church Music Leadership Coach,
Composer, Recording Artist, and Author 
P.O. Box 680712
Orlando, Florida 32868-0712
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