Geoffrey Ainger (b 1925) was born at Mistley, near Manningtree in Essex, England. He was educated at Richmond College, London, and Union Theological Seminary, New York City. A British Methodist minister, he served churches in Loughton, Essex, and at Notting Hill, London. He finished his ministry in the Methodist Circuit of South East London before retiring to Staffordshire. Though not a prolific composer, his "Born in the Night, Mary's Child" has gained widespread popularity and is found as #194 in Hope's new hymnal Worship & Rejoice (2001). His hymns are represented by Stainer & Bell in the U.K. and by Hope in the U.S. and Canada.
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