Category Archives: Hymn writer

ALBERT BRUMLEY

Born OCTOBER  29, 1905 Most hymn writers are remembered for one or two songs. A few have been blessed to write a handful that survive and thrive. One of gospel music’s most popular hymn writers of the 20th century is Albert Brumley. The majority of his songs that are still sung today were … Continue reading

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PHILIP BLISS

Born JULY 9, 1838 For the 1876 Christmas holiday, Philip and his wife “Lucy,” visited his hometown of Rome, Pennsylvania. On December 29, they left their two young children in the care of an aunt. Philip and Lucy boarded a train bound for Chicago to participate … Continue reading

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THOMAS DORSEY

Born JULY 1, 1899 Thomas Andrew Dorsey is known as the “Father of Gospel Music.” He earned that distinction by blend-ing two powerful musical styles of his day—church hymn music and the blues—making a new sound for worshiping God. Thomas is recognized by both genres as a successful … Continue reading

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ROBERT LOWRY

Born MARCH 12, 1826 When the position for music editor opened at the Biglow Publishing Company in 1868, God moved Pastor Robert Lowry into the vacancy. Like Joshua replacing Moses as Israel’s leader, Robert followed the talented William Bradbury in advancing the role … Continue reading

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CHARLES WESLEY

Born DECEMBER 18, 1707 John and Charles Wesley strongly impacted their world with the gospel. They didn’t set out to start a new denomination but to raise the level of Biblical spirituality around them, . They were raised in the Church of England and educated at Oxford. … Continue reading

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JOHN W. PETERSON

Born NOVEMBER 1, 1921 In 1940 John traveled and sang with two of his brothers as the Norse Gospel Trio. One night between Wichita and Lincoln, Kansas, a tanker truck heading their way crossed the center line. It hit them head-on. The collision destroyed … Continue reading

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ANNA B. WARNER and JESSIE POUNDS

Born AUGUST 31, 1820 One of the 20th Century’s leading theologians was asked to sum up in a few words what he’d learned from 30-plus years of writing books to explain Christianity. He answer-ed “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells … Continue reading

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JOHN NEWTON

Born JULY 24, 1725 Before his death, John Newton wrote the words that appear on his tombstone. They describe him as an “infidel” and “a servant of slavers in Africa” who was “by the rich mercy of our Lord and Savior … Continue reading

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ELIZA HEWITT

Born JUNE 28, 1851 Eliza Hewitt was one of a handful of Christian women who, regardless of and because of physical suffering, wrote lyrics to some of our outstanding hymns. Among those servants of God were Charlotte Elliot (1789-1871) who wrote “Just As … Continue reading

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ELISHA HOFFMAN

Born MAY 7, 1839 Elisha Hoffman, author of more than 2,000 hymns, wrote songs for the church in an era when most churches preferred something different from today. Yet God continues to honor the results of Elisha’s faithful service. EDUCATION AND ENDURANCE Elisha was born … Continue reading

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