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John W. Peterson

John W. Peterson
Short Name: John W. Peterson
Full Name: Peterson, John W., 1921-2006
Birth Year: 1921
Death Year: 2006

Pseudonymn: John Willard.

John W. Peterson (November 1, 1921 – September 20, 2006) was a songwriter who had a major influence on evangelical Christian music in the 1950s through the 1970s. He wrote over 1000 songs, and 35 cantatas.

Born in Lindsborg, Kansas, he served as an Army Air Force pilot flying the China Hump during World War II. Later, he attended Moody Bible Institute and served on the radio staff there for a number of years.

In 1953, he graduated from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and shortly thereafter settled in Pennsylvania to continue his songwriting career. He then moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where for over ten years he was President and Editor-in-Chief of Singspiration, a sacred music publishing company. While there, he compiled and edited a hymnal called "Great Hymns of the Faith", (c) 1961. He also served on the board of Gospel Films, Inc. of Muskegon, Michigan.

He also had direct contact with popular Christian musicians of the day such as Bill Pearce and Dick Anthony. He resided in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he continued to write music. Peterson died September 20, 2006, aged 84, following a bout with prostate cancer.

Some of his more popular song titles include "It Took a Miracle", "Over the Sunset Mountains", "Heaven Came Down", "So Send I You", "Springs of Living Water", "Jesus is Coming Again", "Surely Goodness and Mercy" and "This is the day that the Lord hath made". His cantatas include Night of Miracles and Down From His Glory.

In 1986, he was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.


Texts by John W. Peterson (309)sort descendingAsInstances
A new commandment give I unto youJ. W. P. (Author)4
A soldier in the army of the King of kingsJohn W. Peterson, 1921- (Author)3
Advance! Advance! O Church of Christ ariseJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
All glory to Jesus, begotten of GodJohn W. Peterson, 1921- (Author)8
All over life's sea it is stormy and darkJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
All things work out for good, we knowJohn W. Peterson (Author)7
Amid the hurried rush of lifeJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Angels worship God in heavenJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Are you discouraged and are you blueJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
Back to Bethel I am goingJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Be a little candleJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Before the cross of shame was raised On Calvary's bitterJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Before the stars were hung or planets fashionedJ. W. P. (Author)2
Bless the Lord and sing His praisesJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
Brave Gideon had three hundredJohn W. Peterson (Author)4
Calling, Christ is tenderly callingJ. W. P. (Author)2
Cantad mortales por doquierJohn Peterson (Author)2
Children's voices speak of JesusJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
Christ is urgently calling for workersJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
Christ will be my guideJ. W. P. (Author)2
Cut the ties of sin that hold you todayJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Dark was the night when the Savior layJohn W. Peterson (Author)1
Darling, the day has comeJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
Día tan grande no puedo olvidarJohn W. Peterson, 1921-2006 (Author)2
Do the shadows around you gatherJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Do you wonder why I love HimJ. W. P. (Author)2
Driven with the wind and tossed was IJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
Every earthly sunrise has a sunsetJ. W. P. (Author)2
Every time I see a rainbowJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Everybody seems to have a cause for which to speakJ. W. P. (Author)2
Everybody sing praise to the LordJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
Fathomless love, what a wondrous themeJohn W. Peterson (Author)4
Fix your eyes alone on JesusJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
For a life of sin and pleasure, friendJ. W. P. (Author)2
Friend, if your troubled heart longs for peaceJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
Friend, tonight the sea is stormyJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
From heaven to earth to dieJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Give me a shining faith, O LordJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Give me a vision, Lord, I pleadJ. W. P. (Author)2
Go on for God and never be afraidJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
God has measured time's durationJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
God incarnate, Jesus cameJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
God is love! the heavens tell it, Stars above in brilliance spell itJ. W. P. (Author)2
God of everlasting glory Filling earth and skyJohn W. Peterson (Author)8
He owns the cattle on a thousand hillsJohn W. Peterson (Author)4
God spoke the word, “Let there be light"John W. Peterson (Author)2
God the all wise and Creator of the human intellectJohn W. Peterson (Author)4
God the Father was in JesusJohn W. Peterson (Author)4
Gone is the guilt of my sinJohn W. Peterson (Author)4
Have you ever wondered why the Savior cameJ. W. P. (Author)2
He calls his sheep by nameJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
He cares when you’re troubled and the whole world seems wrongJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
He is coming again for meJ. W. P. (Author)2
He loved me when I wanderedJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
He walked that lonesome roadJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
Helping the widows and orphans in their needJ. W. P. (Author)3
Here's my life, I lay it on the altarJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
Holy Spirit, not outpouredJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
Holy Spirit, now descend, now outpouredJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
How dark and dreary was my wayJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
How much longer will you lingerJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
How oft the happy mountain top we leave behindJ. W. P. (Author)5
How rich I am since Jesus came my wayJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
I am a little oneJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
I chose a path of sin and lossJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
I do not seek for earthly fameJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
I have a wonderful SaviorJohn W. Peterson (Author)1
I have found a glorious upwardJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
I heard there was a cleansing fountJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
I just keep trusting my Lord as I walk alongJohn W. Peterson, 1921-2006 (Author)3
I know my Savior leadeth meJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
I love my precious Lord todayJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
I met the precious SaviorJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
I must tell others the storyJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
I once was sorrow ladenJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
I see God's hand in every blushing roseJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
I sought a flag to followJohn W. Peterson, 1921- (Author)9
I surrender all, O blessed Lord to theeJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
I thirsted in the barren land of sin and shameJohn W. Peterson (Author)19
I tuned in on HeavenJ. W. P. (Author)2
I walked a lonely valleyJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
I was a poor lost sinnerJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
I was a rebel and stranger from GodJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
I was a sinner all covered with shameJohn W. Peterson (Author)4
I was drifting on life's stormy seaJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
I was fretful and fearfulJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
I went to church on SundayJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
I will build my churchJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
I will declare what he hath done for meJ. W. P. (Author)2
I will trust and never be afraidJohn W. Peterson (Author)5
I'd not have left a golden streetJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
If you seek to serve the LordJohn W. Peterson (Author)4
I'll trust in God though shadows mark the wayJohn W. Peterson (Author)4
I'm homesick for heaven. for Jesus my friendJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
I’m looking today for His glorious appearingJ. W. P. (Author)3
I'm moving along to gloryJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
I'm not alone, while walking on life's pathwayJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
I’m singing on my way to GloryJ. W. P. (Author)2
I'm traveling on to glorylandJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
In God’s hands, so then why worryJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
In heaven there are many thingsJohn W. Peterson (Author)6
In Jordan's stream the Savior stoodJohn W. Peterson (Author)4
In my darkness Jesus found meJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
In my heart there's joys as I travel onJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
In sin's bitter night I was wanderingJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
In the Bible 'twas written downJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
In the book of life in heaven now my name is written downJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
In the image of God, we were made long agoJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
In the service of the King of KingsJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Is your life without a purposeJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
It will all be different thereJ. W. P. (Author)2
It's just too wonderful for wordsJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
It's not an easy road we are traveling to heavenJohn W. Peterson, b. 1921 (Author)10
I've been through the valley, I've been through the fireJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
I’ve builded on the RockJ. W. P. (Author)2
I've heeded my Savior's callJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Jesus died on Calvary for everyoneJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
Jesus is the Friend of sinners, Friend of sinnersJohn W. Peterson (Author)5
Jesus is walking beside meJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Jesus lives! Jesus livesJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Jesus, the man of GalileeJ. W. P. (Author)2
Jesus took away my heavy load of sinJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
Just keep trusting in the Lord each dayJ. W. P. (Author)2
Keep me faithful, Lord, I prayJ. W. P. (Author)2
Keep singing in the shadowsJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Life has purpose now it never had beforeJohn W. Peterson, 1921-2006 (Author)1
Lift up your eyes, weary travelerJohn W. Peterson (Author)7
Like a shepherd, Jesus leads meJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Long ago the Savior sorrowedJ. W. P. (Author)2
Look on the fields they are white unto harvestJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
Looking for Jesus, looking and longingJ. W. P. (Author)2
Lord, I've a hunger deep for theeJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Lost sinners are dying in darkness todayJ. W. P. (Author)2
Many souls are in danger on life's stormy seaJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
Many things here would hide thy beautyJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Marvelous message we bringJohn W. Peterson (Author)24
Men's hearts today are failingJohn W. Peterson (Author)1
Message all glorious, wonderful to tellJohn W. Peterson (Author)4
Meu bom Pastor, sabias que me perdiJohn Willard Peterson (Author)2
Millions still in every landJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
My faith is not a fabled thingJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
My Father is omnipotentJohn W. Peterson (Author)33
My heart is thrilled whenever I think of heaven's glory fairJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
My heart was full of sinJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
My heavenly Father’s watchful eyeJ. W. P. (Author)2
My spirit once was thirstingJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Names of kings and rulers we honorJ. W. P. (Author)3
Near to thy heart, O Christ divineJohn W. Peterson (Author)7
Never be ashamed of JesusJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
New life in ChristJ. W. P. (Author)2
No matter where he leadethJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
No more I'll wander in the dreadful night of sin and shameJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
No more will I be wandering in the darknessJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
No one understands like JesusJohn W. Peterson (Author)16
No other song have I but that of JesusJohn W. Peterson (Author)4
No room, only a manager of hayJ. W. P. (Author)2
O grant Thy touch of fire, LordJohn W. Peterson, 1921- (Author)2
O he's a wonderful SaviorJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
O how good to know that God in heavenJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
O how He must have loved usJ. W. P. (Author)2
O I am so glad I’m savedJ. W. P. (Author)2
O I want to be like Jesus (Peterson)John W. Peterson (Author)4
O many things are different nowJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
O mighty God, when I behold the wonderJohn Peterson (Translator)2
O my prodigal friend, from the Father astrayJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
O Savior, as my eyes beholdJohn W. Peterson, 1921-2006 (Author)1
O shout the tidings far and nearJohn W. Peterson (Author)4
O soul, are you troubled with doubting and fearJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
O, that you would meet my JesusJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
O the blessed contemplationJ. W. P. (Author)7
O the healing love of JesusJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
O the love, the love of JesusJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
O the wonder of the love of JesusJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
O the wonderful hands of JesusJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
O what a blessing to know the LordJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
O what a wonderful, wonderful dayJohn W. Peterson, 1921- (Author)25
O what happiness divineJohn W. Peterson (Author)1
Oh wonderful, wonderful day that will beJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
Oh Salvador, al contemplarJohn W. Peterson, 1921-2006 (Author)2
O what heavenly riches of goodness and graceJ. W. P. (Author)2
On yonder cross, the center crossJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Once I knew nothing but emptinessJ. W. P. (Author)2
Once my heart was set on earthly richesJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Once my life was filled with discordJohn W. Peterson (Author)6
Once the paths of sin I followedJ. W. P. (Author)3
Only for Jesus I want to liveJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
Open wide, ye everlasting doorsJohn W. Peterson, 1921- (Author)2
Out from heaven's palacesJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Out from the city to CalvaryJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
Out in the darkness of sin they are waitingJohn W. Peterson (Author)6
Over the sunset mountainsJohn W. Peterson, 1921- (Author)10
Praise him now, Lord God AlmightyJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Praise our God, all ye His servantsJohn W. Peterson, 1921- (Author)2
Raise your hand and open your heart to JesusJ. W. P. (Author)2
Santa mensagem trazemosJohn Willard Peterson (Author)2
Send, O God, a breath from heavenJ. W. P. (Author)2
Sheltered in the love of JesusJ. W. P. (Author)2
Shepherd of love, You know I had lost my wayJohn W. Peterson (Author)6
Sinful and guilty, condemned and undoneJ. W. P. (Author)3
Sinful and lonely and dyingJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Sing a song, spread some cheerJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Sinner friend, are you carelessly drifting todayJ. W. P. (Author)2
Sinner friend look away from your failure and lossJ. W. P. (Author)2
Sinner, now pause for a moment I prayJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
Sin's angry billows dashJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Soldiers of the cross arise and pressJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Some day life's journey will be overJohn W. Peterson (Author)6
Some day the clouds will be partedJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
Some day we'll leave this world of sinJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
Some day when the toils of life are overJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Some day you'll hear God's final call to youJohn W. Peterson (Author)6
Someday when this age has run the course that God intendedJ. W. P. (Author)3
Someone to love me I longed so to meetJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
Sometime soon all toiling will be pastJohn W. Peterson (Author)4
Somewhere a brother was bowed down with careJohn W. Peterson (Author)5
Sons of God are we, belovedJ. W. P. (Author)2
Soon our heartaches will be endedJohn W. Peterson (Author)5
Soul, are you treading the broad ways of sinJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
A pilgrim was I, and a-wand'ring,John W. Peterson (Paraphraser)25
Sweet and precious are the momentsJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Sweet is the promise the Savior gaveJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Sweet it is to follow the SaviorJ. W. P. (Author)3
Teach me to trust when there is cause to fearJ. W. P. (Author)3
That old family altar I knew as a boyJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
The Bible declares Jesus came not to seek righteous onesJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
The future veiled before us liesJohn W. Peterson, 1921- (Author)2
The heavens will be ringing with our joyous singingJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
The Holy Spirit came at PentecostJohn W. Peterson (Author)7
The love of friend and lover is often sweetly sungJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
The Savior died a world to saveJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
The Savior was once but a stranger to meJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
The Savior took hold of my hand one dayJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
The Spirit is speaking to someone, I knowJ. W. P. (Author)2
The week is made of seven daysJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
There are souls adrift from JesusJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
There are two ways built for little feetJohn W. Peterson (Author)7
There never was a truer friend that JesusJ. W. P. (Author)2
There was a time I worriedJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
There will never be a sweeter storyJohn W. Peterson (Author)8
There'll be a glad, glad tomorrowJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
There's a book I've always treasuredJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
There's a joy in every mileJ. W. P. (Author)3
There's a melody of gladness that is ringing in my heartJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
There's a message in the word I loveJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
There's a new song in my heartJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
There's a place where sin's forgivenJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
There’s a Savior unseen who is passing this wayJ. W. P. (Author)2
There's a stairway that winds up to heavenJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
There’s a sweet and precious promiseJ. W. P. (Author)2
There's a world of difference when you're bornJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
There's not a day that passesJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
They nailed Christ to a cross on CalvaryJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
This is the hour of decisionJ. W. P. (Author)2
This is the season to count all our blessingsJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
This night of sin and woe soon will be pastJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Tho like pilgrims here we wanderJohn W. Peterson, 1921- (Author)4
Though on earth there’s woe assailingJ. W. P. (Author)2
Through the slow parting crowds crept the leperJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
Time is quickly passingJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Today, tomorrow and alwaysJ. W. P. (Author)2
Troubles may fall like showers of rainJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Trust on, O troubled heart todayJohn W. Peterson (Author)4
'Twould surely be a wondrous thingJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
Vivi tão longe do SenhorJohn Willard Peterson (Author)2
Walking with the Savior on the narrow wayJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Wandering alone with a heart of steelJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
We have come to worship You, Savior of IsraelJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
We may sound the depths of all the might oceansJ. W. P. (Author)2
We need the sunshine to warm a summer breezeJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
We thank thee, heavenly Father nowJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
We will walk the streets of goldJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
What a joy it will be, how my glad heart will singJ. W. P. (Author)2
What a joy to know our Father holds the futureJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
What a wonderful Savior is Jesus (Peterson)John W. Peterson (Author)5
When by faith I saw my Savior hangingJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
When clouds of trial break in furyJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
When I cannot understand God's leadingJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
When I leave this world of sadnessJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
When I remember the cross that He boreJ. W. P. (Author)2
When I think how Jesus suffered on the cross for meJ. W. P. (Author)2
When I was burdened down with careJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
When I'm faint from the toils and the cares of the dayJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
When our Lord was here our Savior dearJohn W. Peterson (Author)4
When our Savior and Lord was hereJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
When the brightest star has fadedJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
When the saints are called to heavenJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
When the way is dark before youJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
When through a fiery furnaceJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
When your grief cannot be spokenJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
When your heart is heavy and the clouds are hangingJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Where is he that is born the KingJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Where two or three are gatheredJ. W. P. (Author)3
Who can move the mountains that are hindering you todayJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Who cares when the days are drearyJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Why should I sing of lesser thingsJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
Why worry when you can pray?John W. Peterson (Author)3
With a holy hush and in deep reverenceJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
With Christmas now returningJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
With the sound of trumpetsJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
我們傅奇妙佳音,我們唱榮耀歌吟 (Wǒmen fù qímiào jiāyīn, wǒmen chàng róngyào gēyín)John W. Peterson (Author)2
Wonderful, glorious tidingsJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Wonderful that Jesus loved meJohn W. Peterson (Author)3
Wondrous the angelic messageJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Worthy is the Lamb of CalvaryJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
Yo fui peregrino errabundoJohn Peterson (Author)2
You are only a heartbeat from heavenJohn W. Peterson (Author)2
You can always count on JesusJ. W. P. (Author)3
You may have friends who forsake youJ. W. P. (Author)2
You've sought in vain for happinessJ. W. P. (Author)2
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