Hymn #323: Little Children, Welcome
Roy Hopp (b. 1951) wrote this simple tune on April 21, 1988, so the even the youngest of singers could participate. It was composed for Fred Pratt Green’s text and named SAIPAN in honor of Hopp’s nephew, who had recently been born on that island near Guam and west of the Philippines.
Roy Hopp, a member of the Christian Reformed Church, serves that denomination through the work of the Board of Publications. Hopp is also director of music at Woodlawn Christian Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan.