Speaker Profile: John Bell
"Take, O take me as I am;
Summon out what I shall be;
Set your seal upon my heart
And live in me." - Take O Take Me As I Am by John Bell
John Bell was born and resides in Scotland. He is a liturgical composer who writes cooperatively with colleagues in Glasgow. He has a deep interest in music from non-European cultures and a passion for song of the Assembly. Though his primary vocation is as a preacher and teacher, he spends over half his time working in the areas of music and liturgy, both at conferences and in small parishes. His work takes him frequently into Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. With his colleagues, he has produced more than 15 collections of songs and octavos and a wide range of liturgical materials, particularly for use by lay people. Additionally, he oversaw the production of a substantial hymnal for the Church of Scotland which, in North America, goes by the title “Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise.” He has also authored a number of collections of sermons and meditation and is an occasional broadcaster on radio and television.
John Bell will be the liturgist at several worship services during the Festival, as well as speaking in lectures on 5/21/2014 at 11:00am at Central Lutheran Church and on 5/22/2014 at 2:30pm at Westminster Presbyterian.
We are blessed to have John Bell here at the Festival in May as both a liturgist and a speaker. His many gifts will certainly guide us in our exploration of "Preaching with Holy Imagination." For more about him, check out the following links: