The Rev. Dan Damon

Piano/modern hymn text writing

Dan Damon, FHS, was born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota. He studied at Greenville College (BME) and Pacific School of Religion (MDiv). He is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church and is currently serving as pastor at First United Methodist Church, Richmond, California. Damon is an internationally published writer of hymn texts and tunes. His work has been included in many major hymnals and supplements. He is Associate Editor of Hymnody for Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, Illinois. Damon is also a jazz pianist.

Damon has six single-author collections of hymns and arrangements and has edited several others. He has created Jazz Worship, an online collection of jazz arrangements of traditional hymn tunes and carols specifically designed for congregational singing. Working with native speakers, Damon has also written hymn translations from Vietnamese, Portuguese, Japanese, and Shona. He is a contributor to the Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology.  In July 2016 he was named a Fellow of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada.