Composer: John L. Bell

John Bell (b. 1949) was born in the Scottish town of Kilmarnock in Ayrshire, intending to be a music teacher when he felt the call to the ministry. But in frustration with his classes, he did volunteer work in a deprived neighborhood in London for a time and also served for two years as an associate pastor at the English Reformed Church in Amsterdam. After graduating he worked for five years as a youth pastor for the Church of Scotland, serving a large region that included about 500 churches. He then took a similar position with the Iona Community, and with his colleague Graham Maule, began to broaden the youth ministry to focus on renewal of the church’s worship. His approach soon turned to composing songs within the identifiable traditi… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: John L. Bell
Incipit: 53125 56125 355
Key: G Major
Copyright: © 1989, Iona Community, GIA Publications, Inc. agent


Instances (1 - 8 of 8)

Ancient and Modern #8

Page Scan

Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #211

Common Praise (1998) #9

Gather Comprehensive #755

Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #211

Iona Abbey Music Book #134

RitualSong #857

Singing the Faith #139

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