1921–2006
portrait

November 1, 1921, Linds­borg, Kan­sas.

September 20, 2006, Scotts­dale, Ar­i­zo­na.

Paradise Memorial Gardens, Scotts­dale, Ar­i­zo­na.

John Willard.

Of Swedish lineage, Pe­ter­son lost his father at age four, and came to Christ age 12. He displayed a musical gift early, writing his first song while a senior in high school.

In World II, he served in the Army Air Corps, flying the Him­a­lay­an supply route to Chi­na. After the war, he attended the Moody Bible Institute and the American Conservatory of Music in Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois (graduated 1953).

In 1954, he went to work for the Sing­spir­a­tion Music Company in Mont­rose, Penn­syl­van­ia. When Zon­der­van Publishing House bought Sing­spir­a­tion in 1963, Pe­ter­son moved to Grand Ra­pids, Mi­chi­gan, where he served as president and editor-in-chief for over a decade.

Later in life, Peterson served on the board of Gospel Films, Inc., Mus­ke­gon, Mi­chi­gan. After mov­ing to Scotts­dale, Ar­i­zo­na, he co-founded Good Life Productions and served on the board of Family Life Radio Network in Tuc­son, Ar­i­zo­na.

He was admitted to the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1986.

  1. All Things Work Out for Good
  2. Come, Holy Spirit
  3. Flag to Follow, A
  4. Go Tell the Untold Millions
  5. God’s Final Call
  6. Heaven Came Down
  7. I’m a Soldier
  8. In My Heart
  9. Isn’t the Love of Jesus Something Wonderful?
  10. It Took a Miracle
  11. It’s Not an Easy Road
  12. I’ve a Home Beyond the River
  13. Jesus Is Coming Again
  14. Jesus Led Me All the Way
  15. Near to Thy Heart
  16. No One Understands Like Jesus
  17. O Grant Thy Touch
  18. O I Want to Be Like Jesus
  19. O What a Wonderful, Wonderful Day
  20. Over the Sunset Mountains
  21. Shepherd of Love
  22. Springs of Living Water
  23. Student’s Prayer, A
  24. Surely Goodness and Mercy
  25. Teach Me to Trust
  26. There’s a New Song in My Heart
  27. Walking in the Light
  28. When We All Get Home
  1. Burning Tree
  2. Down from His Glory, a cantata
  3. Lindsborg
  4. Night of Miracles, a cantata
  5. So Send I You