Christianityupdate has work hard to get the list of the great christian hymns writer of all time. Christian hymns has indeed proven to be more spiritual than the usual and normal praise and worship songs sang in churches.
Most of the common Christian hymns sang during services are far more than one century old. Yet anytime they are been played, they appear to be soul awakening, and spirit filled.
When a Christian hymn is sung in the church, it appears as though it is a new release. For example, week to week and month to month, we hear and sing those great Christian hymns like; Only remembered, In the cross, Abide with me, When i surveyed thy wondrous cross, Jesus shall reign wherever the sun, Close to thee, Amazing grace and many more. Surprisingly, none of these Christian hymns and more are less than 100 years old.
In this article, we aim and intend to provide the names of the six great authors and composers of these popular Christian hymns. So that when singing them, you will also have in mind, the author and composer.
Charles Wesley was the eighteenth child of Susanna Wesley and Samuel Wesley. He was born in Epworth, Lincolnshire, England, where his father was rector. He was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford, where he was ordained. At Oxford, Charles formed a prayer group among his fellow students in 1727.
In April 1749, he married the much younger Sarah Gwynne (1726–1822), also known as Sally. The union was blessed with 8 children with only 3 surviving. Charles Wesley published the words of over six thousand Christian hymns. Some of his popular hymns include:
1) And Can It Be That I Should Gain?
2) Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
3) Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown
4) Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
5) Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise
6) Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
7) Jesus, Lover of My Soul
8) Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
9) O for a Heart to Praise My God
10) O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
11) Ye Servants of God
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Frances Jane van Alstyne (née Crosby; March 24, 1820 – February 12, 1915), more commonly known as Fanny Crosby, was an American mission worker, poet, lyricist, and composer. She was the greatest female hymnists in history, writing more than 8,000 Christian hymns and gospel songs with more than 100 million copies printed. Despite being blind when she was 6 week old, yet she was able to achieve these great fits. She is also known for her teaching and her rescue mission work. By the end of the 19th century, she was a household name.
Crosby was known as the “Queen of Gospel Song Writers and as the “Mother of modern congregational singing in America”, with most American hymnals containing her work. Her gospel songs were “paradigmatic of all revival music”, and Ira Sankey attributed the success of the Moody and Sankey evangelical campaigns largely to Crosby’s hymns. Some of the most popular Christian Hymns written by her include;
1) Pass Me Not, O Gentle Saviour
2) Blessed Assurance
3) Jesus Is Tenderly Calling You Home
4) Praise Him, Praise Him
5) Rescue the Perishing
6) To God Be the Glory
7) Close to Thee
IRA D. SANKEY
Ira David Sankey was born on August 28, 1840 in Edinburg, Pennsylvania, just outside New Castle to David Sankey and Mary. At the age of 16, Sankey was converted at a revival meeting at the King’s Chapel (now a United Methodist Church), three miles away from his home. Sankey’s increasing fame as a Gospel singer eventually attracted the attention of noted evangelist Dwight L. Moody. They first met at a YMCA convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, in June, 1870.
Several months later, Sankey attended his first evangelistic meeting with Moody. Shortly thereafter, Sankey resigned his government position. On June 7, 1872, Sankey and Moody made the first of several joint visits to the UK. Sankey’s Christian hymns were promoted by London Baptist preacher, Charles Spurgeon, long afterwards.
When a local pastor asked Rev. Moody about the contribution that a gospel singer and song leader such as Ira Sankey brought to his meetings, Moody replied, “If we can only get people to have the words of the Love of God coming from their mouths it’s well on its way to residing in their hearts. Sankey wrote several Christian hymns and songs, and composed and arranged music for many others.
Some of his popular hymns include:
1) Fading away like the stars of the morning
2) Come, Holy Spirit, like a dove descending
3) Am I a soldier of the Cross
4) All, All is Well
5) We praise thee, we bless Thee, our Saviour Divine
6) Come, Wanderer, Come
7) Take Me as I Am
8) Rest in the Lord, O weary, heavy-laden
9) Onward, soldiers, onward today!
Isaac Watt was an English Gospel minister, Christian hymn writer,
theologian, and logician. He was a prolific and popular Christian hymn writer and is credited with some 750 hymns. He is recognized as the “Father of English Hymnody many of the Christian hymns written by him remains in use today and have been translated into numerous languages. Watts was born in Southampton, England in 1674 and was brought up in the home of a committed religious Nonconformist. Watts had a classical education at King Edward VI School, learning Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. Watts displayed a propensity for rhyme from an early age.
Some of Watts’ popular hymns include:
1) Joy to the World
2) Come ye that Love the Lord
3) Come Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove
4) Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun
5) O God, Our Help in Ages Past
6) When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
7) Alas! and Did My Saviour Bleed
8) This Is the Day the Lord Hath Made
9) ‘Tis by Thy Strength the Mountains Stand
10) I Sing the Mighty Power of God
John Newton was an Anglican clergyman in England and the founder of the evangelical Clapham Sect. He started as an English sailor, in the Royal Navy for a period, and later a captain of slave ships. He became ordained as an evangelical Anglican cleric, served Olney, Buckinghamshire for two decades, and also wrote many Christian hymns.
During his 1748 voyage to England after his rescue, Newton had a spiritual conversion. The ship encountered a severe storm off the coast of Donegal, Ireland and almost sank. Newton awoke in the middle of the night and, as the ship filled with water, called out to God.
The cargo shifted and stopped up the hole, and the ship drifted to safety. Newton marked this experience as the beginning of his conversion to evangelical Christianity. He began to read the Bible and other religious literature. By the time he reached Britain, he had accepted the doctrines of evangelical Christianity. The date was 10 March 1748, an anniversary he marked for the rest of his life. From that point on, he avoided profanity, gambling, and drinking.
During his life time, he author more than 200 Christian hymns of which some of the popular ones include:
1) Afflictions, Though They Seem
2) Amazing Grace
3) And Dost Thou Say
4) Approach, My Soul, The Mercy Seat
5) Behold The Throne Of Grace
6) Beside The Gospel Pool
7) By Faith In Christ I Walk With God
8) By The Poor Widow’s Oil And Meal
9) Come, My Soul, Thy Suit Prepare
10) Day Of Judgment! Day Of Wonders!
11) Father, Forgive, The Savior Said
12) Great Shepherd Of Thy Chosen Flock
13) How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
14) Let Us Love And Sing And Wonder
15) Lord, I Approach Thy Mercy Seat
16) Quiet, Lord My Froward Heart
17) While With Ceaseless Course The Sun
Horatius Bonar is the son of James Bonar, Solicitor of Excise for Scotland, he was born and educated in Edinburgh. He came from a long line of ministers who have served a total of 364 years in the Church of Scotland. One of eleven children, his brothers John James and Andrew Alexander were also ministers of the Free Church of Scotland. He had married Jane Catherine Lundie in 1843 and five of their young children died in succession. He entered the Ministry of the Church of Scotland.
At first he was put in charge of mission work at St. John’s parish in Leith and settled at Kelso. He joined the Free Church at the time of the Disruption of 1843, and in 1867 was moved to Edinburgh to take over the Chalmers Memorial Church (named after his teacher at college, Dr. Thomas Chalmers). In 1883, he was elected Moderator of the General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland. The Christian hymns, written by him number over 140, some of which include:
1) Fill thou my life, O Lord, my God
2) I heard the Voice of Jesus say
3) I Was a Wandering Sheep
4) Thy way, not mine, O Lord
5) Here, O my Lord, I see Thee face to face
6) A few more years shall roll
7) Come Lord and tarry not
8) O love of God, how strong and true
Here are the names of the most popular and common christian hymn writers available. There work still lives on long years after their death. For example, Charles Wesley died over 220 years ago, yet his “Joy to the world and Hark the Herald angels sing” remains the most popular Christmas hymns.