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composer , hymnologist , Church musician

William Jensen Reynolds, church musician, hymnologist, composer. Recipient B.B. McKinney Foundation award, 1960, Distinguished Alumni award Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1975, District Leadership award Baptist Board, Nashville, 1998, Lifetime Achievement award American Society of Composers, 1999.


Reynolds, William Jensen was born on April 2, 1920 in Atlantic, Iowa, United States. Son of George Washington and Ethel (Horn) Reynolds.


Student, Oklahoma Baptist University, 1939. AB, Southwest Missouri State College, 1942. Master of Science in Management, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1945.

MM, North Texas State University, 1946. Doctor of Education, George Peabody College Teachers, 1961. Postgraduate, Oxford University.


Min. music 1st Baptist Church, Ardmore, Oklahoma, 1946-1947, 1st Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, 1947-1955. Church music department Baptist Sunday School Board, Nashville, 1955-1980. Guest professor Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, 1980^, professor church music School Church Music, 1981^, district professor church music, 1994^.

Music director Southern Baptist Convention, Houston, 1958, Philadelphia, 1972, Portland, Oregon, 1973, Dallas, 1974, Miami Beach, 1975, Norfolk, 1976, Kansas City, 1977, 83, 84, Atlanta, 1978, 86, Houston, 1979, St. Louis, 1980, Los Angeles, 1981, New Orleans, 1982, Pittsburgh, 1983, Dallas, 1985, Atlanta, 1986. Music director Baptist World Alliance, Rio de Janeiro, 1960, Stockholm, 1975,Toronto, 1980, Los Angeles, 1985. Music director Baptist World Youth Conference, Toronto, 1958, Beirut, 1963, Berne, 1968.

Nat. consultant Center for Studyof Southern Culture, U. Mississippi. Consultant review The Sacred Harp, 1991. Member hymnal committee Baptist Hymnal, 1956.

Chairman hymnal committee, general editor BaptistHymnal, 1975. General editor New Broadman Hymnal, 1977. Composer: Ichthus, 1971.

Reaching People, 1973. Share His Word, 1973. Bold Mission, 1977; more than 700 choral anthems, hymn tunes, songs, etc.

Director Sacred Harp Public Company. Lecturer, clinician, conductor seminars and workshops in church music. Adjudicator music festivals.

Author: A Survey of Christian Hymnody, 1963, 3d edit., 1987. Hymns of our Faith, 1964. Christ and the Carols, 1967.

Congregational Singing, 1975. Companion to the Baptist Hymnal, 1976. Songs of Glory, 1990.

The Cross and the Lyre, 1994. A Doxology for James McKinney, 1996. Heritage of Praise, 1996.

Co-author: A Joyful Song: Christian Hymnody, 1977, A Survey of ChristianHymnody, 1987. Compiler: Building an Effective Music Ministry, 1980;contributor to Hymns of the United Methodist Hymnal, 1989, Handbook to The Baptist Hymnal, 1992. Weekly newspaper columnist History of Hymns.



Member hymnal committee Baptist Hymnal, 1956. Member Hymn Society American (president 1978-1980, fellow 1992), Church Music Publications Association (Vice-President 1973-1975), American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, National Academy Recording Arts and Sciences, Gospel Music Association, Southern Baptist Church Music Conference, Harpeth Valley Sacred Harp Singing Association (president 1966-1980).


Married Mary Lou Robertson, July 6, 1947. Children: Timothy Jensen, Kirk Mallory.

George Washington Reynolds

Ethel (Horn) Reynolds

Mary Lou Robertson

Timothy Jensen Reynolds

Kirk Mallory Reynolds