February 4, 1873, Youngstown, Ohio.

October 10, 1958, Reed City, Michigan.

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. Born Again
  2. Cast on Him Your Burden
  3. Cross-Crowned Calvary
  4. Ere the Sun Goeth Down
  5. God Answers Prayer
  6. Have Thy Way, Lord
  7. He Satisfies
  8. I Will Trust Him
  9. In the Days of Youth
  10. It Was for Me
  11. Jesus Died for All the Children
  12. Jesus Is Dearer Than All
  13. Jesus Is the Rock of Ages
  14. Like Ships in the Night
  15. Live, Love, Serve
  16. Lord, Give Us Souls
  17. Mighty Revival, A
  18. My Burdens Went Rolling Away
  19. My Song of Love
  20. Old Rugged Cross, The
  21. Out of the Heart of God
  22. Road Leads Home, The
  23. Sea of Love, The
  24. Seek and Find the Fullness of His Love
  25. Song of Trust, A
  26. Speak, My Lord
  27. Tell Me His Name Again