May 27, 1927, Quin­cy, Il­li­nois.


Ralph was the son of a Pen­te­cost­al min­is­ter, and hus­band of Evan­ge­line Ot­to (mar­ried 1948).

He at­tende­d South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Bi­ble College (now Van­guard Un­i­ver­si­ty) in Co­sta Me­sa.

He then served as min­is­ter of mu­sic at the Cal­va­ry As­sem­bly, In­gle­wood, Cal­i­for­nia (1946) and Tem­ple Bap­tist Church, Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia (1954).

He wrote mu­sic for Bil­ly Gra­ham films such as Mr. Tex­as, For Pete’s Sake, The Rest­less Ones and His Land.

In 1964, he found­ed the Lex­i­con Mu­sic com­pa­ny. He was in­duct­ed in­to the Go­spel Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion Hall of Fame in 1985, and the Na­tion­al Re­li­gious Broad­cas­ters Hall of Fame in 2001. In 1997, Van­guard Un­i­ver­si­ty award­ed him a doc­tor­ate in mu­sic.

  1. All My Life
  2. At the Close of Day
  3. As We Come to Thee in Pray­er
  4. Because the Lord Is My Shep­herd
  5. Closer Than a Broth­er
  6. Giving Song, The
  7. God Can See Us
  8. God of Mir­a­cles, The
  9. He’s Ev­er­y­thing to Me
  10. I Be­lieve God Is Real
  11. I’m Liv­ing in His Love
  12. In the Stars His Han­di­work I See
    • (He’s Ev­er­y­thing to Me)
  13. Is Your Bur­den Hea­vy?
  14. Joy Is the Cen­ter of His Will
  15. Like a Lamb Who Needs the Shep­herd
  16. Living Cir­cle, A
  17. Lord, Hear Thou My Pray­er
  18. Love Is Sur­ren­der
  19. Miracle of Faith, The
  20. My Friend and I
  21. My Mas­ter
  22. New 23rd, The
  23. No Great­er Love
  24. Not with a Sword
  25. Precious the Mo­ments
  26. Return
  27. Reach Out to Je­sus
  28. Savior Is Wait­ing
  29. Season of the Long Rains, The
  30. Something Good Is Going to Hap­pen to You
  31. Tell It Like It Is
  32. There Is More to Life
  33. We Are More Than Con­quer­ors
  34. When I Think of the Cross
  35. You Can Touch Him
  1. New Wine