Born: March 17, 1801, Ply­mouth, Eng­land.

Died: June 23, 1847, Li­ver­pool, Eng­land.

Son of an ar­tist, Johns was ed­u­cat­ed at the lo­cal gram­mar school by I. Wors­ley, a Un­i­tar­i­an min­is­ter in Ply­mouth, and af­ter­ward dur­ing two years spent at Ed­in­burgh.

In 1820, he be­came min­is­ter of the old Pres­by­ter­i­an cha­pel at Cre­dit­on, where he stayed un­til 1836, when he moved to Li­ver­pool to serve as Min­is­ter to the Poor.

Johns wrote ov­er 35 hymns, and was a fre­quent con­trib­u­tor to the Month­ly Re­po­si­to­ry, Chri­stian Re­form­er, and Chris­tian Teach­er.

His works in­clude:

  1. Come, King­dom of Our God
  2. Farewell, Our Blight­ed Trea­sure
  3. Great God, Avert from Us the Thought
  4. Hush the Loud Can­non’s Roar
  5. O Know Ye Not That Ye
  6. Thanks to God for These Who Came
  7. Thou Must Be Born Again