Hymn #545: There Was Jesus by the Water
Howard M. (Rusty) Edwards III (b. 1955) composed the tune TALITHA CUMI in 1983 for Gracia Grindal’s text while he was a student in her hymnwriting class at Luther Northwest Theological Seminary in Minnesota. The hymn was included in a booklet, Singing the Story (1983), along with others from the class.
Rusty Edwards, an ordained minister of the Lutheran Church, is senior pastor at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Rockford, Illinois. He has published a collection of original hymns, Faith Is the Yes of the Heart. Edwards earned his doctorate degree in creative ministry.