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Idle, Christopher

CHRISTOPHER IDLE (b. 1938)was born in Bromley, Kent, England. He studied English Language and Literature at Oxford, and Theology at Bristol. He was married to Marjorie in 1963 and ordained in the Church of England in 1965. They had several years in rural parishes, but most of their ministry has been in inner London, including two spells in Peckham where they now live. Christopher's hymn texts appear in around 150 books worldwide, and were collected in 1998 in LIGHT UPON THE RIVER (Hope, with St. Matthias Press, 1998). He has served on several hymnal committees, and spoken and written widely on hymnody, including presentations to both the British and North American Hymn Societies. A member of the Jubilate Hymns team, all of his texts are represented in North America by Hope Publishing and nine of them appear in the index of their new hymnal WORSHIP & REJOICE (2001).