|Short Name:||Rusty Edwards|
|Full Name:||Edwards, Rusty, 1955-|
Rusty Edwards was born on January 22, 1955, in Dixon, Illinois, and ordained in 1985.
He was Assistant/Associate Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Moline, Illinois from 1985 to 1991. He was Senior Pastor of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Rockford, Illinois from 1991-1998, during which time he co-founded Luther Academy at Gloria Dei (LCMS-ELCA K-6 School.) He has been Senior Pastor of Christ Lutheran Church from 1998 to the present. He was Volunteer Manager of the 2003 ELCA Youth Gathering at Atlanta.
He received an M. Div. from Luther Seminary at St. Paul, Minn., in 1985, and a D. Min. from Graduate Theological Foundation at Notre Dame, Ind., in 1990. He also holds certificates from Blackstone School of Law at Dallas,Texas, Seminary of the Southwest at Austin, Texas, and Pecos Benedictine School of Spiritual Direction in New Mexico. He was an Oxford Foundation Fellow (U.K.) in 1998, and Visiting Fellow of Seminary of the Southwest in 2004.
Edwards' hymn collections are: The Yes of the Heart with a foreword by Chick Corea, Grateful Praise (Selah), As Sunshine to a Garden, Each Breath Every Heartbeat, and Bidden Unbidden.
He has 15 ASCAP Awards, 2 RAMI Awards (with The Pitneys), and recorded a Grammy nominated CD with The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Robert Shaw.
He is a Kentucky Colonel and an Honorary Citizen of Austin, Texas. Tyler Texas held a "Rusty Edwards Hymnwriter Day" in 2009.
He and his wife Lori and the parents of Benjamin and Ian.
|Texts by Rusty Edwards (16)||As||Instances|
|A living sacrifice||Rusty Edwards (Author)||2|
|All the sleepy should have a place to sleep||Rusty Edwards (Author)||2|
|[As the Moon Is to the Sun]||Rusty Edwards (Author)||2|
|Blessed are the poor in spirit||Rusty Edwards (Author)||2|
|Bread of life, our host and meal||Rusty Edwards, 1955- (Author)||3|
|By grace we have been saved through faith||Rusty Edwards (Author (stanzas))||3|
|[For God So Loved the World (Edwards)]||Rusty Edwards (Author)||2|
|[He Is Lord]||Rutsy Edwards (Author)||2|
|[How Blest]||Rusty Edwards (Author)||2|
|[I Hear Creation Groaning]||Rusty Edwards (Author)||2|
|In Jesus' Name, we pause to pray||Rusty Edwards, 1955- (Author)||1|
|[Nothing in this World]||Rusty Edwards (Author)||2|
|[Once When Jesus Christ Was Hungry]||Rusty Edwards (Author)||3|
|Praise the One who breaks the darkness||Rusty Edwards, 1955- (Author)||9|
|[Rejoice in Christ Jesus]||Rusty Edwards (Author)||2|
|We all are one in mission||Rusty Edwards, b. 1955 (Author)||12|