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William M. Runyan

Born: Jan 21, 1870

Death: Jul 29, 1957

Birthplace: Marion

Nationality: United States

William M. Runyan

Date of Birth : Jan 21, 1870
Date of Death : Jul 29, 1957
Birth Place : Marion

William M. Runyan was an Christian composer from the United States who wrote the music to the well-known hymn Great Is Thy Faithfulness. In 1870, William Marion Runyan was born in Marion, New York to a Methodist minister Rev. William White Runyan and his wife Hannah Runyan. At age fourteen, Runyan and his family moved to Marion, Kansas. As a youth, Runyan served as a church organist and graduated from Marion High School in Kansas. Runyan was ordained as a Methodist minister at age twenty-one and then pastored various congregations in Kansas. Runyan attended Northwestern University for three years from 1895 to 1898. Starting in 1915 Runyan began writing gospel songs with the encouragement of D.B. Towner of the Moody Bible Institute. In 1923 Runyan moved from Wichita to Chicago. From 1924 to 1926 Runyan was affiliated with John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas pastoring the Federated Church, and editing the Christian Workers' Magazine. Runyan then moved back to Chicago where he worked with the Moody Bible Institute, and he worked as editor for Hope Publishing Company, co-editing "The Service Hymnal" with Gordon Shorney.

Also known as


  • William Runyan
  • Runyan, W.
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