Charles Albert Tindley

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Charles A. Tindley


Born: 7 July 1851 in Berlin, Maryland

Died: 26 July 1933 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


American Methodist minister, gospel music composer and hymn writer. Born to Charles and Esther Miller Tindley; his mother died when he was two, then raised by his father. Largely self-educated, but his knowledge of the Bible and preaching given high praise by many. Joined Phildelphia's Bainbridge Street Methodist Church in 1880, serving as a janitor – but in 1902 assigned to the same church as their pastor. The church moved to a larger site in 1906 and renamed East Calvary Methodist Episcopal Church (now Tindley Temple United Methodist ChurchLink to the English Wikipedia article). It grew greatly under his leadership, eventually becoming a multiracial congregation of over 10,000. Tindley wrote over 40 hymns, many still in use today. A few gospel hymns in Tindley's books were composed by his sons, Charles A. Tindley, Jr. and Frederick J. Tindley.

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  • 1905 – Soul Echoes, with George Lincoln Blackwell and Josiah Samuel Caldwell, second edition 1909
  • 1916 – New Songs of Paradise, further editions in 1919, 1921, 1923, 1934, and 1941


  • Kimbrough, S. T. Jr. and Carlton R. Young. 2006. Beams of Heaven: Hymns of Charles Albert Tindley. New York: General Board of Global Ministries, United Methodist Church.
  • Abbington, James. 2006. Introduction. In Beams of Heaven: Hymns of Charles Albert Tindley. Reprinted in Abbington, James. 2009. Let the Church Sing On! Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 47-57.

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