Hymn #444: We Are Often Tossed and Driven

Charles Albert Tindley (1851-1933) published this gospel song in 1905 and the refrain quickly became a favorite funeral hymn when sung without the stanzas.  Although the hymn is widely known, many may not be aware that the author was a legendary preacher in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Charles A. Tindley was called as the pastor of Bainbridge Street Methodist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1902.  When he died in 1933, the church's membership had grown to over ten thousand, and it was renamed Tindley Temple in his honor.

Charles Albert Tindley (1851-1933) composed the tune BY AND BY for his own words.  Tindley was recognized as a pioneer of the gospel style, and several of his songs appeared in Gospel Pearls (1921), the first hymnal to utilize the term "gospel" in relation to this music.


Charles A. Tindley was born on July 7, 1851, in Berlin, Maryland, an African American community on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay.  After a spectacular career as a Methodist Episcopal church minister, he died at the Frederick Douglass Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 26, 1933.