William M. Runyan

William M. Runyan
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Short Name: William M. Runyan
Full Name: Runyan, William M. (William Marion), 1870-1957
Birth Year: 1870
Death Year: 1957

William M. Runyan (1870-1957) was an Christian composer from the United States who wrote the music to the well-known hymn "Great Is Thy Faithfulness."

William Marion Runyan was born in Marion, New York in 1870 to a Methodist minister Rev. William White and his wife Hannah (Orcutt) Runyan. As a youth, Runyan served as a church organist and graduated from Marion High School in Marion, Kansas. Runyan attended Northwestern University for three years from 1895 to 1898 and was ordained as a Methodist minister at age twenty-one and then pastored various congregations in Kansas. Starting in 1915 Runyan began writing gospel songs with the encouragement of D.B. Towner of the Moody Bible Institute. In 1923 Runyan moved from Wichita to Chicago. From 1924 to 1926 Runyan was affiliated with John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas pastoring the Federated Church, and editing the Christian Workers' Magazine. Runyan then moved back to Chicago where he worked with the Moody Bible Institute, and he worked as editor for Hope Publishing Company, co-editing "The Service Hymnal" with Gordon Shorney. In 1923 Runyan composed the music to the song "Great is Thy Faithfulness," originally a poem by Thomas O. Chisholm, a friend and fellow Methodist minister. Runyan retired from Hope in 1948 and received the honorary Doctor of Letters from Wheaton College. Runyan lived for a period of his retirement in Galveston, Texas and died on July 29, 1957 in Pittsburg, Kansas. He is buried in Baldwin City, Kansas. Runyan was a professor and preacher at Baker University in Baldwin City for a period and his children attended the University. Runyan's survivors endowed the "The Rev. William M. Runyan Endowed Memorial Scholarship" at Baker University with the royalties from his song "Great is Thy Faithfulness."

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Texts by William M. Runyan (105)sort iconAsInstances
A closer walk with JesusWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
Afar o'er the harvest field we roamWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
After the toil and the burdenWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
All that my soul in its sin can needWilliam M. Runyan (Author)9
All will be over, every grief and sorrowWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
As a shepherd good and trueWilliam M. Runyan (Author)4
As night that flees from the morning sunWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
Before the march of Christ the MightyWilliam M. Runyan (Author)3
Called by the grace that thy loveWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
Christ is from the grave ascendedWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
Far from the fold of GodWilliam M. Runyan (Author)3
For the mercy Jesus will bestowWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
Forgiven greatly, Lord, am IWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
Forward still, with face full forwardWilliam M. Runyan (Author)4
From heaven above in his infinite loveWilliam M. Runyan (Author)14
From Olive's Hill, the multitude upgazingWilliam M. Runyan (Author)9
From the hills of far JudeaWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
From the sins that scarWilliam M. Runyan (Author)3
God will not forget me, where'er my path may lieWilliam M. Runyan (Author)4
Hail, blest Redeemer, thy praises bringingWilliam M. Runyan (Author)6
Hail, King of glory, hail, Lord of loveWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
Have you heard of that wonderful storyWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
He came to me one day, this wondrous JesusWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
He cannot reject meWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
He has it all, the struggle pastWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
He loves, he saves, he keepsWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
How still are the watersWilliam M. Runyan (Author)3
I am on the heavenly highway, With the SaviorWilliam M. Runyan (Author)10
I am sure of a home in heavenWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
I am yielding all to theeWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
I can see in visions fair (Runyan)William M. Runyan (Author)2
I cannot understand how God could love meWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
I have Jesus in my heart, HallelujahWilliam M. Runyan (Author)3
I marvel, O, I marvel soWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
I ne'er have known so true a friend as JesusWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
I will do what I can for my Savior todayRev. W. M. Runyan (Author)2
If we brightly shine, if we sweetly smileWilliam M. Runyan (Author)6
In childhood's morn of grimming gleeWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
In the midst of the heavenly home landWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
In the way our fathers trodWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
Into the garden where shadows were creepingWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
It was night within my soul when JesusWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
Jesus will keep me by power divineWilliam M. Runyan (Author)5
Just a little while ere the last long mileWilliam M. Runyan (Author)4
Just as you are there's a welcome for youWilliam M. Runyan (Author)8
Like a life line flung over the raging seaWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
Like a strain of sweetest musicWilliam M. Runyan (Author)5
Like as a mother comfortethWilliam M. Runyan (Author)11
Live for others while on earth you liveW. M. Runyan (Author)2
Long time I wanderedWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
Lord, I have shut the door, Speak now the wordWilliam M. Runyan (Author)25
Love not the world, O ChristianWilliam M. Runyan (Author)1
Many are waiting in darkness and sinWilliam M. Runyan (Author)1
Memory whispers to me nowWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
Near, near to thee, help us to liveWilliam M. Runyan (Author)3
O tell me more of Jesus' loveWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
O the joy that here we may walk with JesusWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
Only a little while for the love'sWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
Our God hath given promiseWilliam M. Runyan (Author)8
Our light has grown dim and our heartsWilliam M. Runyan (Author)5
Our lives are read by those who lookWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
Prayer is the breath of the soul's deep lifeWilliam M. Runyan (Author)4
Proclaim the glad tidings to earth'sWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
Revive thy work, O Lord (Runyan)William M. Runyan (Author)2
Sang the angels long agoWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
Since Jesus bore my weight of sorrowWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
Since Jesus came, my night is turned to dayWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
Soldiers of Jesus, clad in God's bright armorWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
Some say it is a fableWilliam M. Runyan (Author)4
Souls are all about us, Knowing not the LordWilliam M. Runyan (Author)3
Sweet morning comes with light and dewWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
Tell it all to Jesus when the day goes wrongWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
The angels sang at the Savior's birthWilliam M. Runyan (Author)3
The memory lingers in my heartWilliam M. Runyan (Author)3
The peace that like a river flowsWilliam M. Runyan (Author)3
The songs of the world may be manyWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
The voice of God is calling me in ways I canWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
There is a fold where all secureWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
They tell me there is one who knows my needW. M. R. (Author)4
They were in the place of waitingWilliam M. Runyan (Author)4
Though foes assail us on the fieldW. M. R. (Author)7
Though my way be swept with stormWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
Though in life's stress thy heart aweary beWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
Through ages long swept by the tempests of doubtWilliam M. Runyan (Author)3
Thy kingdom come, is the prayer we are taught to prayW. M. R. (Author)9
To thy temple holy come we now with praiseWilliam M. Runyan (Author)1
Too long in the darknessWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
'Twas God's own Son who came to earthWilliam M. Runyan (Author)6
Up from the misty vales they goWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
Upon the sea where our good ship sailsWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
Walking with my blessed Savior here belowWilliam M. Runyan (Author)3
We are the treasures of Christ the KingWilliam M. Runyan (Author)6
We are treasures of ChristWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
We journey, it may be, through tempest and rainWilliam M. Runyan (Author)3
We sing about heaven, its glory and gleamWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
We thank thee for the brawny armWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
What a glorious day for meWilliam M. Runyan (Author)3
When Jesus first came to my heart to abideWilliam M. Runyan (Author)3
When, O when art thou comingWilliam M. Runyan (Author)5
When the calls of duty are urging onW. M. R. (Author)4
When the clouds over hanging have darkened the dayWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
Wonderful it is that Jesus cares for meWilliam M. Runyan (Author)2
Word of God, O sacred treasureWilliam M. Runyan (Author)3
Wounded for our transgressionsWilliam M. Runyan (Author)4
Youth looking upward and onward todayWm. M. Runyan (Author)2



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