Brian Wren is an internationally published hymn writer. His hymns are included in collections of all denominations and traditions.
He was born in Romford in Essex and studied at Oxford University. He was ordained in !965. Wren served as minister of Hockley and Hawkwell Congregational Church in Essex before working for the British Council of Churches and later as Professor of Worship at Columbia Theological Seminary in USA.
Revd Wren has published about 250 hymns as well as collections of worship songs in collaboration with others. His hymn, ‘ Hidden Christ, Alive for Ever’ was sung at St Paul’s Cathedral on 9th January 2000 as part of the Cathedral’s ‘ Millennium gift to the nation’.
Wren’s hymns are poetry and theology, not just a musical form. He has challenged the church to adopt more inclusive language. Twelve of his hymns are published in Rejoice and Sing including some we sing quite often:
There’s a Spirit in the air (329),
Great God your love has called us here (339)
I come with joy to meet my Lord (447)
We are your people; Lord by your grace (483)
This we can do for justice and for peace (639)