1872–1958
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September 27, 1872, Spring Hill, Pennsylvania..

September 3, 1958, Winona Lake, Indiana.

Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw, Indiana.

Bentley was the son of Stanl­ey Frank Ack­ley and Ophel­ia A. Cogs­well, husband of Ber­tha My­ers, and brother of Al­fred Ack­ley.

He showed musical talent early, learning the melodeon, piano, coronet, clarinet and piccolo as a boy. After moving to New York City in 1888, he began playing the organ in several churches. In 1907, he joined the Bil­ly Sun­day-Ho­mer Ro­de­hea­ver evangelism team as secretary-pianist, and traveled with them for eight years. As a composer and editor with the Ro­de­hea­ver Company, he wrote over 3,000 Gos­pel tunes. His works include:

  1. Ackley
  2. All the Way with Jesus
  3. Behold, He Cometh
  4. Blessèd News
  5. By and By
  6. Coming Home
  7. Chouteau
  8. Drifting (Hewitt)
  9. Faith Will Bring the Blessing
  10. Good News
  11. Hark! I Hear My Name
  12. Have You Prayed It Through?
  13. He Is Knocking
  14. He Rose Triumphantly
  15. He Will Not Let Me Fall
  16. How You Will Love Him!
  17. I Am Coming Home
  18. I Love Jesus
  19. I Shall Dwell Forever There
  20. I Shall See the King
  21. I Walk with the King
  22. I Want Jesus
  23. If Thou Shalt Confess
  24. I Would Be Like Jesus
  25. If Your Heart Keeps Right
  26. I’ll Tell to All That God Is Love
  27. In the Service of the King
  28. Love Opened Wide the Door
  29. Meet Your Troubles with a Smile
  30. New Rochelle
  31. More Than These
  32. Mother’s Prayers Have Followed Me
  33. My Mother
  34. Nobody Cares
  35. Once My Way Was Dark and Dreary
  36. Pardoning Grace
  37. Promise
  38. Repent! ’Tis the Voice of Jesus
  39. Room for You
  40. Satisfied
  41. Shout and Sing
  42. Since the Fullness of His Love Came In
  43. Somebody Else Needs a Blessing
  44. Somebody Knows
  45. Speak to Me Only of Jesus
  46. Sunrise
  47. There Is Joy in Serving Jesus (1931)
  48. There’s a Rainbow Shining Somewhere
  49. There Will I Follow Thee
  50. This My Plea
  51. Transformed
  52. Wealth of All Heaven Is Mine, The
  53. What Can I Ask Beside?
  54. When Jesus Shall Appear
  55. When You Know Jesus, Too
  56. Whenever I Think of Him
  57. Where the Cross Is Leading
  58. Who Will Open Mercy’s Door?