Academic journal article The Hymn

Executive Committee

Academic journal article The Hymn

Executive Committee

Article excerpt

Appointment for Ratification

For President-elect:

John Thornburg is a fourth-generation Methodist minister. His grandfather, Amos, toured with Homer Rodeheaver and served on the editorial committee of the 1966 Methodist Hymnal.

In 2001, after twenty-two years in parish ministry, John pursued a new calling by starting an itinerant ministry of song leading and worship consultation called The Ministry of Congregational Singing (

John's texts appear in fifteen different hymnals, hymnal supplements, and single-author collections, as well as in octavos from six publishers. His collaborators include Jane Marshall, John Ferguson, Alice Parker, Austin Lovelace, Gerre Hancock, Craig Phillips, Bruce Neswick, John Yarrington, Amanda Husberg, Joel Martinson, Thomas Pavlechko, Dan Damon, Joäo Faustini, Sandra Gay, and Taylor Davis.

Since 2005, John has been working alongside the music leaders of the twenty United Methodist churches in the west African nation of Cameroon in the production of their first hymnal / worship book. That project is due for completion in May 2009.

Executive Committee Nominees

For Secretary:

Patricia Woodard is a reference librarian at Hunter College (City University of New York) , where her areas of responsibility include music and German. Her research and writing have focused on the role of hymns in contemporary society; gospel hymn publisher Hall-Mack; and nineteenth-century song and hymn writer Mary Dana Shindler. …

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