Amazing Grace: Some Early Tunes


Mark D. Rhoads

Much of my time from September to May is taken up with teaching in the music department at Bethel University in St. Paul. My main area of interest is sacred music and I teach the courses in that field. My research takes me into the world of American hymnody, especially the reform movement in the American Protestant church in the early 19th century. But since Bethel is a liberal arts university, I wear other hats as well. I also teach music education methods courses along with a general education course in the arts. Before coming to Bethel University I taught choral and general music in a Los Angeles-area middle school and was a professor at Judson Baptist College in Oregon. In addition I have taught hymnology in the Masters of Liturgy program at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota and have been been active in

church music for the past 34 years. I have a bachelor's degree from Biola University, a master's degree from California State University, Fullerton, and a doctoral degree from the University of Oregon.

When I'm not engaged in teaching or research, I'm writing poetry or hymns or gardening or repairing antique wicker furniture or learning another bluegrass lick on my guitar. My wife Marylin and I have three grown daughters and five grandsons.




Contact Mark Rhoads

Bethel University

Anthology of American
Hymn Tunes (website)

Singing the Songs of Zion: Soldiers' Hymn Collections and Hymn Singing in the American Civil War (website)

Connecting Ritual and Worship (pdf)

Reformers and Resisters: ChangingTastes in American Protestant Church Music, 1800-1860 (pdf)