Lillenas, Bertha Mae (nee Wilson). (?--1945). First wife of Haldor Lillenas, mother of their two children. Ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. Evangelist, singer, and composer, as well as artist at the piano. Deets Pacific Bible College, Los Angeles (later Pasadena College). With her husband, pastored churches at Lompoc and Pomona, California; Auburn, Illinois; Peniel, Texas; Redlands, Calif.; and Indianapolis, Indiana. She often preached.
She had a gift for writing songs easy to sing on powerful gospel themes. Since she was a contralto, she wrote most numbers in a low key. The text of "Jesus Took My Burden" (Johnson Oatman) was sent to Haldor Lillenas to be set to music, but the musical setting he wrote visited virtually all p… Go to person page >