Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Alvin Brightbill

Alvin Brightbill was a music educator, song leader, composer and seminary professor. He was married and called to the ministry in 1923. He studied at Elizabethtown College, Bethany Bible School, Northwestern University and some other music schools.

From his days as a student at Bethany until his official retirement in 1968, Brightbill served on the seminary staff. He was an instructor at Bethany Training School (1925-1926), and Bethany Biblical Seminary (1927-1936) and professor of church music, fine arts in religion, and speech, 1937-1968.

In addition to traveling with The Four Horsemen to Brethren camps in 1926-1929, he traveled widely in the Church of the Brethren and other denominations leading music institutes in local churches, directing hymn festivals, repairing organs, and assisting with music and worship conferences. He led maany Annual Conference gatherings in hymn singing. He served as editor for the 1951 (red) Brethren Hymnal.

Source: The Brethren Encyclopedia