RUSTY EDWARDS (b. 1955) was born in Dixon, Illinois. He is Senior Pastor of Christ Lutheran Church, Marietta, Georgia, and an Oblate of Pecos Benedictine Monastery in New Mexico. His hymns have been published in hymnals used by 30 denominations in Australia, Canada, China, England, Japan, New Zealand, Scotland, and the USA. Rusty has published five hymn collections: THE YES OF THE HEART with foreword by Chick Corea (Hope 1993), GRATEFUL PRAISE (Selah 1998), AS SUNSHINE TO A GARDEN (Augsburg Fortress 1999), EACH BREATH, EVERY HEARTBEAT (Abingdon 2004), and BIDDEN, UNBIDDEN (Abingdon 2007). He has collaborated with a variety of writers, including Jenni Lee Boyden, Dave Brubeck, Peter Erskine, Hal Hopson, Jane Marshall, Mark A. Miller and Shirley Erena Murray. The City Council of Austin, Texas conferred upon Rusty the title of Honorary Citizen, and Governor Steve L. Beshear commissioned him as a Kentucky Colonel.