1870–1957

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Born: Jan­u­a­ry 21, 1870, Mar­i­on, New York.

Died: Ju­ly 29, 1957, Pitts­burg, Kan­sas.

Buried: Oak­wood Ce­me­te­ry, Bald­win Ci­ty, Kan­sas.

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Biography

William was the son of Me­thod­ist min­is­ter Will­iam White Run­yan and Han­nah O. Run­yan, and hus­band of Le­na Knapp.

He showed an in­ter­est in mu­sic when ve­ry young, and by age 12 oft­en served as church or­gan­ist.

He became a Me­thod­ist min­is­ter at 21, and held var­i­ous pas­tor­ates in Kan­sas, 1891–1903. He was ap­point­ed evan­gel­ist for the Cen­tral Kan­sas Me­thod­ist Con­fer­ence, and served for two de­cades.

Runyan wrote his first Go­spel song in 1915, and was great­ly en­cour­aged by Dan­i­el Tow­ner of the Moo­dy Bi­ble In­sti­tute.

In 1924, Run­yan went to John Brown Un­i­ver­si­ty, Si­lo­am Springs, Ar­kan­sas.

He served as pas­tor of the Fed­er­at­ed Church, and ed­it­or of the Chris­tian Work­ers Ma­ga­zine.

Mov­ing to Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois, he was as­so­ci­ated with the Moo­dy Bi­ble Ins­ti­tute, and was an ed­it­or for Hope Pub­lish­ing Com­pa­ny un­til re­tir­ing in 1948.

He re­ceived an hon­or­a­ry Doc­tor of Let­ters from Whea­ton Col­lege, Il­li­nois, in 1948.

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