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Brian Wren is English by birth, American by choice, Reformed by Tradition, Presbyterian by membership, United Methodist by marriage and Emeritus Professor of Worship, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia. He is a writer, preacher, worship leader and designer, and internationally published hymn-poet, with entries in most recent denominational hymnals in North America, Britain and Australia. Some of his hymn poems have been translated into Finnish, French, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish and Korean.
Brian holds undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Oxford University. He is a Minister of the United Reformed Church (UK). His publications include Education for Justice (1979), What Language Shall I Borrow? - God-Talk in Worship: A Male Response to Feminist Theology (1989- reissued 2009), Piece Together Praise - A Theological Journey: Poems and Collected Hymns Thematically Arranged (1996), Praying Twice: The Music and Words of Congregational Song (2000), Advent, Christmas and Epiphany: Liturgies and Prayers for Public Worship (2008), Hymns for Today (2009) and seven hymn collections totaling 250 hymns, the most recent being Love's Open Door (2009). He is a Fellow of the Hymn Society in the U.S. and Canada. His hymn publishers are Hope Publishing Company (USA) and Stainer & Bell (UK):
Brian is partner-in-marriage and ministry to Rev. Susan Heafield ("Hayfield"), who comes from Eastern Montana. Susan holds a degree in Music Education from Rocky Mountain College, a Master of Divinity Degree from Drew University, NJ, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Columbia Theological Seminary. She is a member of the New England conference of the United Methodist Church, has served churches in Pennsylvania, Maine, and North Georgia, and is now Pastor of Paupack United Methodist Church, Paupack , PA.
Together, Brian and Susan have published two collections of worship songs in book and CD form (We Can Be Messengers and Tell the Good News!) spanning the Christian year.