George Stebbins

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George Coles Stebbins

(American gospel hymn writer)

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Born February 26, 1846
Orleans County, New York
Died October 6, 1945 (aged 99)
Place of death missing

Former resident of Chicago and Boston

Spouse Elma Miller Stebbins

One son

George Coles Stebbins (February 26, 1846 – October 6, 1945) was a Christian gospel song writer best known for his competitions "Have Thine Own Way," "Take Time to Be Holy," and "Jesus, I Come."

Born on a farm in Orleans County in western New York, he relocated in 1869 to Chicago, Illinois, to become the musical director of the First Baptist Church, a position that he filled until 1874, when he relocated to Boston, Massachusetts. In Chicago, he had become acquainted with the evangelist Dwight Lyman "D. L." Moody and the hymn writer Ira David Sankey (1940-1908). In a meeting at Moody's home in Northfield, Massachusetts, Moody asked Stebbins to provide the music for the Moody and Sankey evangelistic meetings. He became one of the editors of Gospel Hymns. He was assisted in his gospel arrangements by his wife, the former Elma Miller. In 1890, Stebbins, his wife, and son journeyed to India, then under the rule of Great Britain. On their return to the United States, Stebbins stopped in Egypt, Rome, Paris, and London, among other locations.

He was often invited to lead the music in conventions of the YMCA and in a large gathering in Madison Square Garden in New York City for the group Christian Endeavor. He was involved in an ecumenical conference held at Carnegie Hall in New York City and was in demand for solo singing as well as accompanying Sankey. Among other Stebbins' hymns are "Saved by Grace," "Saviour, Breathe an Evening Blessing," and "O, House of Many Mansions."

Stebbins died shortly after the end of World War II at the age of ninety-nine. He outlived Moody and Sankey by some forty years.