Stir Your Church, O God Our Father was written by two well-known Baptist church musicians, both retired educators and still active composers. A retired dean of the School of Music at Samford University in Birmingham, Milburn Price, recently served as guest professor of church music at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. The text of Stir Your Church, O God Our Father was originally written by him in July 1970 and published by the Church Music Department of the Baptist Sunday School Board in a pamphlet entitled “New Hymns for this Day” (Nashville, 1971) and included in the 1975 Baptist Hymnal. He later revised the language of the hymn to make it more inclusive and changed “thou” and “thee” to their modern forms. Church Music Department personnel selected Butler’s tune as their choice for Price’s text. Butler named the tune MADILL for the Oklahoma town where he had served as a minister of music.
A.L. (Pete) Butler retired in 2001 from the music faculty of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City. In retirement he composed four hymn tunes in the collection, In Melody and Songs, Psalm Versions of Isaac Watts, published by Darsey Press in Vernon Hills, Illinois. After living in Ada, Oklahoma for twenty-three years, Pete and his wife, Jo Ann Butler have now completed over three decades in Kansas City.
Written by Harry Eskew who has been a teacher of hymnology for his entire adult life. An active member of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada and a former editor of its journal The Hymn, with Hugh McElrath he wrote Sing with Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Hymnology. Read full bio at singwithunderstanding.com.