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William Watkins Reid

Short Name: William Watkins Reid
Full Name: Reid, William Watkins, 1923-2007
Birth Year: 1923
Death Year: 2007

William W. Reid, Jr. (1923-2007), after graduating from Oberlin College and Seminary and Yale Divinity School served for more than fifty years as pastor in the Wyoming Conference in rural and inner-city Methodist churches. He served on the Executive Committee of The Hymn Society of America. He was involved in social issues, serving as a councilman and county commissioner. His hymns are widely published in hymnals of many denominations.

Mary Louise VanDyke

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William W. Reid, Jr. is pastor of the Methodist Church Circuit at Carverton, Pennsylvania. He previously served in a similar capacity at Camptown in the same State. He is a graduate of the Yale Divinity School and Oberlin College. He served during World War II in the Medical Corps and was held prisoner by the Germans for eight months. He is the author of several hymns including those in "Fourteen New Rural Hymns" and "Twelve New World Order Hymns" published by the Hymn Society.

----Fifteen New Christian Education Hymns, 1959. Used by permission.

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William Watkins Reid, Jr., is currently pastor of Central United Methodist Church, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Wyoming Annual Conference and has been active on its Social Concerns, Town and Country, and Evangelism boards, and on the Pennsylvania Council of Churches.

----Twelve New Lord’s Day Hymns, 1968. Used by permission.

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[Reid] is an executive committee member of the Hymn Society of America, and is the author of a number of hymns that have been published in hymnals in the United States, Canada, England, and in South Africa. As a council man he is concern with the ecology of Wyoming Valley (Penn. and N.Y.) and with the rebuilding of Wilkes-Barre after the disastrous flood of 1972.

--16 New Hymns on the Stewardship of the Environment [Ecology] , 1973. Used by permission.


Texts by William Watkins Reid (16)AsAuthority Languagessort descendingInstances
America, how great the dreamWilliam Watkins Reid, Jr. (Author)3
Lord, at Your table kneelingWilliam W. Reid, Jr. (Author)3
Lord, who took the little childrenWilliam Watkins Reid (Author)3
Mountain brook with rushing watersWilliam Watkins Reid, Jr. (Author)4
O God of hill and mountainWilliam Watkins Reid (Author)4
O thou God of light all-splendoredWilliam Watkins Reid, Jr. (Author)2
Thy presence, Lord, brought joy and splendorWilliam Watkins Reid, Jr. (Author)4
Eternal Christ, who kneelingWilliam W. Reid, Jr. (Author)English2
God of Earth and planetsWilliam Watkins Reid, Jr., 1923 - (Author)English1
[God's Glory Compassed Earth that Night]William Watkins Reid (Author)English2
Help us, O Lord, to learn William Reid, junior (born 1923) (Author)English19
O God and Father of us all Whatever our race or creedWilliam Watkins Reid (Author)English4
O God of every nationWilliam Watkins Reid (Author)English33
O God who shaped creationWilliam W. Reid, Jr. (Author)English3
O Teacher, Master of the skillWilliam W. Reid (Author)English2
The city is alive, O GodWilliam Watkins Reid, Jr., 1932 - (Author)English10
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