George Matheson

Matheson, George was born at Glasgow, March 27, 1842, and although deprived of his eyesight in youth he passed a brilliant course at the University of Edinburgh, where he graduated M.A. in 1862. In 1868 he became the parish minister at Innellan; and subsequently of St. Bernard’s, Edinburgh. He was the Baird Lecturer in 1881, […]

Lewis Edgar Jones

Lewis Edgar Jones authored nearly 200 hymns in his lifetime, many still sung daily in Christian churches across the world. Some of his works include “I’ve Anchored in Jesus,” “Lean on His Arms,” “The Old Book Stands,” “We Shall See the King Some Day” with his most popular hymn being “There Is Power in the […]

Judson W. Van DeVenter

Judson Van DeVenter was born on a farm in Michigan in 1855. Following graduation from Hillsdale College, he became an art teacher and supervisor of art in the public schools of Sharon, Pennsylvania. He was, in addition, an accomplished musician, singer, and composer. Van DeVenter was also an active layman in his Methodist Episcopal Church, […]

Jennie Bain Wilson

Jennie Bain Wilson (1857-1913) was an American hymn writer. She survived typhoid fever as a little girl, but her spine was damaged by the bacterial infection. She used a wheelchair from childhood and she was educated at home. Wilson wrote thousands and published hundreds of Christian hymns. she was known as the “Fanny Crosby of […]

Charlotte Elliott

Charlotte Elliott (18 March 1789 – 22 September 1871) was an English poet, hymn writer, and editor. She is best known by two hymns, “Just As I Am” and “Thy will be done”. Elliott edited Christian Remembrancer Pocket Book (1834–59) and The Invalid’s Hymn book, 6th edition, 1854. To this latter collection, she contributed 112 […]

Anne Steele

Anne Steele was born at Broughton, Hampshire, in 1717. Her father was a timber merchant, and at the same time officiated as the lay pastor of the Baptist Society at Broughton. Her mother died when she was 3. At the age of 19 she became an invalid after injuring her hip. At the age of […]

Timothy Dudley-Smith

Timothy Dudley-Smith  (born 26 December 1926) is a retired bishop of the Church of England and a noted English hymnwriter. He has written around four hundred hymns, including “Tell Out, my Soul”. Dudley-Smith was born on Boxing Day in Manchester, England, to Phyllis and Arthur Dudley-Smith, a school-teacher. He was educated at Tonbridge School, before studying maths and then theology at Pembroke College, Cambridge. After […]

Elvina Mable Hall

Elvina Mable Hall (1818–1889) was an American songwriter who wrote the lyrics to the well-known hymn, which is now known as “Jesus Paid It All,” also known as “I hear the Saviour say” (Christ All and in All). Elvina Mable Reynolds was born in Alexandria, Virginia in 1818 to Captain David Reynolds. She married Richard Hall […]

Anthony Johnson Showalter

Anthony Johnson Showalter (May 1, 1858 – September 14, 1924) was an American gospel music composer, teacher and publisher. He was born in Cherry Grove, Virginia. Showalter was trained in the Ruebush-Kieffer School of Music and was teaching in shape-note singing schools by age fourteen. In 1884, he formed the Showalter Music Company of Dalton, Georgia. He was also an elder of the First Presbyterian […]