John Thornburg

John Thornburg
Short Name: John Thornburg
Full Name: Thornburg, John, 1954-
Birth Year: 1954

John Thornburg is the son, grandson and great grandson of Methodist ministers. After graduation from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, John served four appointments in the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church; as an associate in a large suburban congregation; as the editor of the North Texas edition of the United Methodist Reporter; in a central city cooperative parish; and, most recently, for ten years at Northaven UMC in North Dallas. He was the song leader of the North Texas Annual Conference for ten years.

After 22 years in parish ministry, John pursued a new calling by starting an itinerant ministry of song leading and worship consultation called "A Ministry of Congregational Singing." His website describes this ministry as "building community through the power and grace of singing and putting an end to 'worship wars.'" He is also adjunct instructor in worship and preaching at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas.

John is a published hymn poet whose hymn texts appear in six different hymnals. In addition to his work with Craig Philips on Dies Gratiae, he has written over 100 hymns, anthems and vocal solos with his friend and former parishioner, Jane Marshall. He has also written texts for extended choral anthems with Bruce Neswick and Joel Martinson. His articles about worship related subjects have appeared in Circuit Rider, Alive Now, Reformed Worship, The Hymn, and The Chorister.

Texts by John Thornburg (25)sort iconAsInstances
[An Unexpected Guest Arrived]John Thornburg (Author)2
As we part for the towns and citiesJohn Thornburg (Author)2
"Blessed is he who comes in God's name!"John Thornburg (Author)2
Can God be seen in other waysJohn Thornburg, 1954- (Author)2
Dawk'yaw towgyah thawy báhtawm (Take the saving Word of God)John Thornburg (Author (English))3
Eternal Source of every callJohn Thornburg (Author)2
God the sculptor of the mountainsJohn Thornburg, b. 1954 (Author)10
Gracious Creator of sea and of landJohn Thornburg (Author)2
He Comes to Us This CarpenterJohn D. Thornburg (Author)2
Like the colors of the rainbowJohn Thornburg (Author)2
Now is the time to speakJohn Thornburg (Author)2
On Eden's primal dayJohn Thornburg (Author)2
Our life in the Spirit, our path on the WayJohn Thornburg (Author)2
Praise is the beautiful song that arises within usJohn Thornburg (Author)2
Sing the praise of God our MakerJohn Thornburg (Author)2
Ten lepers facing constant scornJohn Thornburg (Author)2
[The Crafty Foe]John Thornburg (Author)2
The man whose little oneJohn Thornburg (Author)2
The One who taught beside the seaJohn Thornburg (Author)2
This is a miracle-moment which God is revealingJohn Thornburg (Author)2
We need a faith so colorblindJohn Thornburg (Author)3
When faith and culture clashJohn Thornburg, 1954- (Author)2
When words alone cannot expressJohn Thornburg (Author)2
[Who Can This Be?]John Thornburg (Author)2
Within the day to dayJohn Thornburg (Author)3