Edwards, Howard M III (Rusty)
b Dixon, Illinois, USA 1955. Interlochen Arts Academy and Univ of Nebraska. Teacher at St Boniface, Elgin, Nebraska. Luther Northwestern Seminary (MDiv); Graduate Theological Foundation, Notre Dame, Indiana (PhD in creative ministry). Ordained in the Lutheran Church in 1985; served at Trinity Lutheran Ch (ELCA) in Moline, Illinois 1985–91, before moving to Rockford, Illinois, as senior pastor at the Lutheran ch and pastoral advisor for the Lutheran High sch. He writes texts and tunes, and plays drums; his compositions have appeared in several N American collections from 1989 onwards, including The Yes of the Heart (1992) comprising 36 items involving his own work. In A Panorama of Christian Hymnody (2005 edn) Paul A Richardson chooses 2 of these for their ‘evocative metaphors for faith’ and ‘intimate conversation with God’; 3 are included in the N American Worship and Rejoice (2001), while he is represented by 5 items (words and/or music) in Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006). No.630.