Born: Ju­ly 7, 1851, Ber­lin, Mar­y­land.

Died: Ju­ly 26, 1933, Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Buried: Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Tindley is known as one of the “found­ing fa­thers of Amer­i­can Gos­pel mu­sic.” The son of slaves, he taught him­self to read and write at age 17. He was a driv­en young man, work­ing as a jan­i­tor while at­tend­ing night school, and earn­ing his di­vin­i­ty de­gree through a cor­re­spond­ence course. In 1902, he be­came pas­tor of the Cal­va­ry Meth­o­dist Epis­co­pal Church in Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­vania, the church where he had ear­li­er been the jan­i­tor. At the time of Tindley’s death, his church had 12,500 mem­bers. The Tind­ley Tem­ple Unit­ed Meth­o­dist Church in Phil­a­del­phia was named af­ter him. Tindley’s “I’ll Over­come Some Day” was the ba­sis for the Amer­i­can ci­vil rights an­them “We Shall Over­come,” pop­u­lar­ized in the 1960’s.


  1. After a While
  2. Better Day Is Coming By and By, A
  3. Better Home, A
  4. Christ is the Way
  5. Consola­tion
  6. From Youth to Old Age
  7. Go Talk with Jesus about It
  8. Go Wash in the Beautiful Stream
  9. Have You Crossed the Line?
  10. Heaven’s Christmas Tree
  11. Here Am I, Send Me
  12. He’ll Take You Through
  13. Heavenly Union, The
  14. Home of the Soul, The
  15. I Believe It
  16. I Have Found at Last a Savior
  17. I Know the Lord Will Make a Way
  18. I Will Go, if My Father Holds My Hand
  19. I’ll Be Satisfied
  20. I’ll Overcome Some Day
  21. I’m Going to Die with My Staff in My Hand
  22. I’m Going There
  23. In Me (© 1923)
  24. It May Be the Best for Me
  25. Joyous Anticipa­tion
  26. Just Today (© 1923)
  27. Leave It There
  28. Let Jesus Fix It for You (© 1923)
  29. Lord, I’ve Tried
  30. Lord Will Make the Way, The
  31. Mountain Top Dwelling
  32. My Secret of Joy
  33. Nothing Between
  34. Our Suffering Jesus
  35. Pilgrim’s Song, The
  36. Saved and Satisfied (© 1923)
  37. Some Day
  38. Someone Is Waiting for Me
  39. Spiritual Spring Time
  40. Stand by Me
  41. Storm Is Passing Over, The
  42. Stranger Cut the Rope, A
  43. Today
  44. We’ll Understand It Better By and By
  45. What Are They Doing in Heaven?
  46. Will You Be There?
  47. Your Faith Has Saved You