John H. Sammis was born in Brooklyn. He moved to Logansport, Indiana when ye was 22, where he was converted to Christianity. He was active in the Y.M.C.A., serving as secretary for the Terre Haute Association and later becoming State Secretary. After this, he studied at Lane and McCormack seminaries and was ordained in the Presbyterian church at Glidden, Iowa. He also pastored churches in Indianapolis, Grand Haven, MI, Red Wing and St. Paul, Minn. In 1909 he became associated with the Los Angeles Bible Institute. He wrote more that 100 hymns.
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Display Title: Jesus Is a Friend of MineFirst Line: Why should I charge my soul with care?Tune Title: [Why should I charge my soul with care?]Author: John H. Sammis, 1844-1919Date: 2006Subject: Christ | Comforter; Christ | Friend; Contentment | ; Peace | Spiritual; The Christian Way of Life | Assurance and Trust