THORNBURG, John. b. Southampton, New York, 28 July 1954. Educated in classical studies and music at DePauw University (AB, 1976) and in theology at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University (MDiv, 1981). Ordained in the United Methodist Church in 1981, his parish appointments included Christ United Methodist Church, Farmers Branch, Texas (1979-1981); the Council on Ministries of the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church (1981-84); Greenland Hills United Methodist Church (1984-91); Northaven United Methodist Church (1991-2001); A Ministry of Congregational Singing (2001-). He began to write hymn texts in 1980 in response to parish needs, at first writing to...
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