July 7, 1851, Berlin, Maryland.

July 26, 1933, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Eden Cemetery, Collingdale, Pennsylvania.


Charles was the son of Charles Tindley and Esther Miller. He married twice, to Daisy Henry (1868) and Jenny Cotten (1927).

He is considered one of the founding fathers of American Gospel music. The son of slaves, he taught himself to read and write at age 17. He was a driven young man, working as a janitor while attending night school, and earning his divinity degree through a correspondence course.

In 1902, Tindley became pastor of the Calvary Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the church where he had earlier been the janitor. At the time of Tindley’s death, his church had 12,500 members. The Tindley Temple United Methodist Church in Philadelphia was named after him. His I’ll Overcome Some Day was the basis for the American civil rights anthem We Shall Overcome, popularized in the 1960’s.

  1. After a While
  2. Better Day Is Coming By and By, A
  3. Better Home, A
  4. Christ Is the Way
  5. Come Everyone That Loves the Lord
  6. Come, Saints and Sinners
  7. Come, Whosoever Feels the Need
  8. Consolation
  9. From Youth to Old Age
  10. Go Talk with Jesus about It
  11. Go Wash in the Beautiful Stream
  12. Goal Beyond, The
  13. God Will Provide for me
  14. Have You Crossed the Line?
  15. Heaven’s Christmas Tree
  16. Here Am I, Send Me
  17. He’ll Take You Through
  18. Heavenly Union, The
  19. Heaven’s Christmas Tree
  20. Home of the Soul, The
  21. I Am Free from Condemnation
  22. I Am Thinking of the Danger
  23. I Believe It
  24. I Can See Down Yonder
  25. I Have Found at Last a Savior
  26. I Have Found the Peace of Heaven
  27. I Hear of a City
  28. I Know the Lord Will Make a Way
  29. I Will Go, if My Father Holds My Hand
  30. If the Savior Wants Somebody
  31. I’ll Be Satisfied
  32. I’ll Overcome Some Day
  33. I’m Going to Die with My Staff in My Hand
  34. I’m Going There
  35. In Me
  36. It May Be a Brother
  37. It May Be the Best for Me
  38. I’ve Wandered in the Darkness
  39. Joyous Anticipation
  40. Just Today
  41. Leave It There
  42. Let Jesus Fix It for You
  43. Lifetime Is Like a Single Day
  44. Like the Action of the Ground
  45. Lord, I’ve Tried
  46. Lord Will Make the Way, The
  47. Mountain Top Dwelling
  48. My Life, as a Year
  49. My Secret of Joy
  50. Nothing Between
  51. One Day, a Wayward Boy
  52. Our Suffering Jesus
  53. Pilgrim of Sorrow, A
  54. Pilgrim’s Song, The
  55. Saved and Satisfied
  56. Since I Began to Serve the Lord
  57. Some Day
  58. Someone Is Waiting for Me
  59. Spiritual Spring Time
  60. Stand by Me
  61. Storm Is Passing Over, The
  62. Stranger Cut the Rope, A
  63. There Is a Land That Is Free from Tears
  64. There Was Naaman the Leper
  65. Today
  66. We’ll Understand It Better By and By
  67. What Are They Doing in Heaven?
  68. When the Pathway of Duty
  69. Will You Be There?
  70. World of Forms and Changes
  71. Ye Pilgrims Through This Vale of Tears
  72. You Have Waited Too Long
  73. Your Faith Has Saved You