Virgil P. Brock

Virgil P. Brock
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Short Name: Virgil P. Brock
Full Name: Brock, Virgil P., 1887-1978
Birth Year: 1887
Death Year: 1978

Brock, Virgil Prentiss. (Celina, Mercer County, Ohio, January 6, 1887--March 12, 1978, Rives Junction, Michigan). Son of Orlando H. and Elmira Brock. Education: Fairmount Friends Academy; Earlham College, B.A.; Cleveland Bible Institute and Training School; Trinity College, Honarary D.Sac.Mus. Member of the Quaker (Friends) Fellowship in the early years, but later was an evangelist in the Christian Church with membership in the First Christian Church of Warsaw, Indiana. In 1914, he married Blanche Kerr, who was his co-worker and collaborator for 43 years. They had one son, Dr. James Wilson Brock, professor of theatre at California State University, Northridge. Blanch Brock died January 3, 1958. In 1959, he married Martha Anderson, and they continued in church work until her death in 1969. He pastored several Quaker churches in the early years of his ministry, but most of his life's ministry was given to evangelistic endeavor. He authored more than 500 hymns and gospel songs, and one book, an autobiography, entitled You Asked for It. His two best-known hymns are: "He's a Wonderful Saviour to Me," published in 1918 by the Rodeheaver Co., and "Beyond the Sunset," published in 1936. Other hymns include "Sing and Smile and Pray," "Resting in His Love," "If You Could Know," "Keep Looking Up," "Men of God, Awake, Arise," and "I'll Still Live On."

He resided at Winona Lake, Indiana, for many years, and was closely associate with Homer Rodeheaver; most of his hymns were published by the Rodeheaver Company. During the last six years of his life, he lived at Youth Haven Ranch, Rives Junction, Michigan. At the time of his death at 91, he was still being called upon to present programs. He is buried by this first wife in Warsaw-Winona Lake Cemetary, and engraved on the large memorial monument are the words and music of their most famous hymn, "Beyond the Sunset."

--Carlton C. Buck, DNAH Archives

Texts by Virgil P. Brock (55)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
بعد الغروب صبح مجيدVirgil P. Brock (Author)Arabic1
A stranger once fell among thievesVirgil P. Brock (Author)2
A thousand years is as a dayVirgil P. Brock (Author)2
After a while of darknessVirgil P. Brock (Author)2
Alegre y dulce es el vivirVirgil P. Brock (Author)Spanish2
Aunque anochezca, vendrá la auroraVirgil P. Brock, 1887-1978 (Author)Spanish3
Beyond the sunset, O blissful morningVirgil P. Brock (Author)English58
Bless this, our task, dear LordVirgil P. Brock (Author)English4
Christian heroes true and boldVirgil P. Brock (Author)2
Cuando en mi ocaso el sol se pongaVirgil P. Brock (Author)Spanish2
Deeper, Lord, still deeper, help me goVirgil P. Brock (Author)4
Each little rain drop, each birdVirgil P. Brock (Author)2
God has shown his loving faceVirgil P. Brock (Author)6
God is searching for youVirgil P. Brock (Author)2
Good Noah built an altarVirgil P. Brock (Author)2
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! God hath brought us to this dayVirgil P. Brock (Author)English2
Holy, holy, holy is our heavenly kingVirgil P. Brock (Author)2
I cannot reach the moon or distant planetsVirgil P. Brock (Author)2
I want to be a friend to youVirgil P. Brock (Author)2
I want to do my best for JesusVirgil P. Brock (Author)2
I want to sing, sing, sing for JesusVirgil P. Brock (Author)4
I was lost in sin, but Jesus rescued meVirgil P. Brock (Author)English72
If you are weak and heavy ladenVirgil P. Brock (Author)2
If you could know how Jesus loves youVirgil P. Brock (Author)4
I'm drifting no longer on life's stormy seaVirgil P. Brock (Author)2
It's a new dayVirgil P. Brock (Author)2
Jesus calls to childrenVirgil P. Brock (Author)2
Jesus came down from his heavenly throne (Brock)Virgil P. Brock (Author)2
Jesus came into my heart one dayV. P. Brock (Author)3
Jesus is our Leader, our example tooVirgil P. Brock (Author)2
Jesus knocks, knocksVirgil P. Brock (Author)2
Jesus loves little childrenVirgil P. Brock (Author)1
Jesus, my Savior, is precious to me, He careth for meVirgil P. Brock (Author)English4
Jesus wants me to follow himVirgil P. Brock (Author)2
Just a little thingVirgil P. Brock (Author)2
Life has its joys and sorrows tooVirgil P. Brock (Author)2
Men of God awake, ariseVirgil P. Brock (Author)English2
My Savior's love is sweeter stillVirgil Prentiss Brock (Author)English2
Obeying God's laws brings happinessVirgil P. Brock (Author)2
Open the Bible and readVirgil P. Brock (Author)2
Remember now thy Creator in days of thy youthVirgil P. Brock (Author)English1
Sing the clouds away, night will turn to dayVirgil P. Brock (Author)English24
Start the day with a prayerVirgil P. Brock (Author)2
Suffer the children to comeVirgil P. Brock (Author)2
The Bible is God's bookVirgil P. Brock (Author)4
The morning dawns againVirgil P. Brock (Author)2
Our Savior has said he is coming againVirgil P. Brock (Author)3
This little hand is leftVirgil P. Brock (Author)2
Today is mine, tomorrow may not comeVirgil P. Brock (Author)4
Tras el ocaso despunta el albaVirgil T. Brock (Author)Spanish6
We have many precious keepsakes which we cherishVirgil P. Brock (Author)English2
We thank you, heavenly FatherVirgil P. Brock (Author)2
What does the Bible say about God's willVirgil P. Brock (Author)2
Wherever we goVirgil P. Brock (Author)2
Wonderful love God freely bestowsVirgil P. Brock (Author)3
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