|Short Name:||Brian Wren|
|Full Name:||Wren, Brian A., 1936-|
Brian Wren (b. 1936) is Emeritus Professor of Worship, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia. He is a writer, preacher, worship and workshop leader, and internationally published hymn-poet, with entries in most recent denominational hymnals in North America, Britain and Australia. Some of his hymn-poems have been translated into Finnish, French, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish and Korean. Brian holds undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Oxford University. He is a Minister of the United Reformed Church (UK). His publications include What Language Shall I Borrow? - God-Talk in Worship: A Male Response to Feminist Theology (1989 and 2009), Praying Twice: The Music and Words of Congregational Song (2000), Advent, Christmas and Epiphany: Liturgies and Prayers for Public Worship (2008), Hymns for Today (2009) and seven hymn collections totaling 250 hymns.
Brian is partner-in-marriage and ministry to Rev. Susan Heafield (“Hayfield”). Susan holds a degree in Music Education from Rocky Mountain College, a Master of Divinity Degree from Drew University, NJ, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Columbia Theological Seminary. She is a member of the New England conference of the United Methodist Church, and is currently Pastor of Sidney United Methodist Church, New York. Brian and Susan have published two collections of worship songs in book and CD form (We Can Be Messengers and Tell the Good News!) spanning the Christian year.