Avis Burgeson Christiansen
CHRISTIANSEN, Avis Burgeson. b. Chicago, 11 October 1895; d. 14 January 1985. She was a member of the Moody Church in Chicago, and married Ernest C. Christiansen, vice-president of the Moody Bible Institute. Her numerous hymns, the earliest in collaboration with Daniel B. Towner*, appeared in Tabernacle Praises (Chicago, 1916). They are characteristic of early 20th-century Gospel hymnody, with a concentration on the love of Jesus and the hope of heaven. She also wrote under pseudonyms: Avis Burgeson, Christian B. Anson and Constance B. Reid. Several of her hymns appear in recent hymnals, ‘Up Calvary’s mountain’ (1920, in the Baptist Hymnal, Nashville, 1991), ‘We shall gather in the morning...
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