Born: Feb­ru­a­ry 4, 1873, Youngs­town, Ohio.

Died: Oc­to­ber 10, 1958, Mi­chi­gan.

Buried: In­gle­wood Park Cem­e­te­ry, In­gle­wood, Cal­i­for­nia.

When Bennard was very young, his family moved to Al­bia, Io­wa, then Lu­cas, Io­wa. He want­ed a ca­reer in evan­gel­ism, but was forced in­stead to sup­port his mo­ther and sis­ters when his fa­ther died. Af­ter mar­ry­ing, he and his wife worked for the Sal­va­tion Ar­my in Ill­i­nois, and he lat­er served as an evan­gel­ist in Amer­i­ca and Ca­na­da. Bennard spent his last years in Reed Ci­ty, Mi­chi­gan, where the Cham­ber of Com­merce erect­ed a cross near his home. The Old Rug­ged Cross His­tor­ic­al Mu­se­um in Reed Ci­ty com­mem­o­rates his work. Bennard’s works in­clude:



  1. It Was for Me
  2. God Answers Prayer
  3. Jesus Is the Rock of Ages (© 1926)
  4. Lord, Give Us Souls
  5. Old Rugged Cross, The
  6. Speak, My Lord
  7. Tell Me His Name Again (© 1934)