1857 - 1919 Author of "Rise and shine, his light is thine" John R. Zook was born in Whiteside County, Illinois. He attended Valpraiso College. In 1896 he entered the ministry of the Brethren in Christ Church and became bishop in 1904. He served as chairman of the Hymnal Committee which published the 1906 Spiritual Hymns and contributed a number of hymns.
Dianne Shapiro from PhD dissertation "A Historical Study of The Function of Music Among The Brethren In Christ" by Herbert Royce Saltzman, University of Southern California, 1964
John R. Zook