John Ralston Clements was born in Newry, Ireland, on 28 November 1868.
He immigrated young to America and grew up in the village of Liberty, New York, but, moved to Broome County, New York, in the mid-1880s.
Clements became the first president of Davis College, which was then called "Practical Bible College," a training school for Baptist evangelists. He led the school from the time of the its conception, in a simple classroom on 47 Harrison Street, until 1914, when the Bible-training school and evangelistic academy had found permanent residence in Johnson City, New New York Clements has written supposedly over 5,000 hymns, most of which were founded on soul redemption inside the love of God. As an example of this, the refrain from one of his hymns: "Weary soul, cease thy repining.
Burdened one, God"s ways are right.
Every cloud has silver lining. God can give you songs by night.".