Born: August 9, 1813, at the Moravian settlement in Wyke, Yorkshire, England.
Died: July 27, 1889, Carlisle, Cumberland, England.
Buried: Carlisle Cemetery, Carlisle, England.
Christian was the son of John Bateman.
He studied in the Moravian Church, and ministered there for a time.
In 1843, he became minister of the Richmond Place Congregational Church, Edinburgh, Scotland. After 1846, he served Congregational pastorates in Hopton, Yorkshire, and Reading, Berkshire.
He then took Holy Orders and served as curate of St. Luke’s in Jersey (1869–71); vicar of All Saints, Childshill, Middlesex (1871–75); and curate of St. John’s Penymyndd, Hawarden (1877–84).
His hymns appeared mainly in The Sacred Song Book (Edinburgh: Gall & Inglis),. This hymnal was subsequently published as Sacred Melodies for Children, as 200 Sacred Melodies for Sunday Schools and Families, and as The Children’s Hymnal and Christian Year (London: John Hodges, 1872).
If you know where to get a good photo of Bateman (head & shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels),