Bert Polman

Born: 1945, Ro­zen­burg, Zuid Hol­land, Ne­ther­lands.

Died: Ju­ly 1, 2013.

Cremated: Lo­cation of ash­es un­known.


Polman em­i­grat­ed to Ca­na­da in 1955, and was ed­u­cat­ed at Dordt Col­lege, Sioux Cen­ter, Io­wa; the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Min­ne­so­ta (PhD 1981); and the In­sti­tute for Chris­tian Stu­dies, To­ron­to, Ca­na­da (post gra­du­ate work).

He was a long time pro­fess­or at Re­deem­er Col­lege in Ham­il­ton, On­tar­io, then at Cal­vin Col­lege, Grand Ra­pids, Mi­chi­gan, where he al­so chaired the mu­sic de­part­ment.

He served as or­gan­ist and choir­mas­ter at the Oak­land Unit­ed Me­thod­ist Church, Min­ne­a­po­lis, Min­ne­so­ta (1969–72) and St. John’s Ang­li­can Church, Mis­sis­sau­ga, On­tar­io, Can­ada. He served on the Re­vi­sion Com­mit­tee for the Chris­tian Re­formed Church’s 1987 Psal­ter Hym­nal.

His works in­clude:

  1. Behold, How Good, How Plea­sant Is the Un­ion
  2. Christ, You Are the Full­ness of God
  3. Christian, Do You Strug­gle?
  4. Clap Your Hands, All You Peo­ple
  5. Come, Light, Light of God, O’er­whelm All Cre­a­tion
  6. Come Quick­ly, Lord, to Res­cue Me
  7. Damascus Bound, Saul Meant to Prey
  8. Elijah Planned to In­ter­fere
  9. For Health and Strength
  10. Forest Trees, What Are These?
  11. Hail to the Lord’s An­oint­ed
  12. Hear Us, O Shep­herd of Your Chos­en Race
  13. Holy, Ho­ly, Ho­ly, An­gel Hosts Are Sing­ing
  14. How Blest Are Those Who Thought­ful­ly
  15. I Praise the King with All My Vers­es
  16. I Wait­ed Pa­tient­ly for God
  17. If I Speak a For­eign Tongue
  18. If You and I Be­lieve in Christ
  19. In the Be­gin­ning Was the Word Eter­nal
  20. In the Pre­sence of Your Peo­ple
  21. It Makes No Dif­fer­ence Who We Are
  22. Jesus Called to Pe­ter, Who Was Fish­ing
  23. Jesus, Je­sus, Let Us Tell You What We Know
  24. Jesus the Lord Said, I Am the Bread
  25. John Saw the An­gels and the Saints in Glo­ry
  26. Lift Up Your Head and Let Your Heart Hear the Sto­ry
  27. Lift Up Your Heads, O Gates
  28. Lord, My Pe­ti­tion Heed
  29. Magnify the Lord
  30. O God, We Have Heard What Our Par­ents Have Told
  31. O Migh­ty Rul­ers, Can You Claim
  32. Praised Be the God of Is­ra­el
  33. Restore Us, Lord, and Show Your Face
  34. Wash Me Through the Grace of God
  35. We Are Mem­bers of Christ’s Bo­dy
  36. When Ev­il People Sin
  37. You Shall Go Out with Joy