May 13, 1856, Aylmer, Ontario, Canada.

February 11, 1931, Winter Park, Florida.

Clinton Grove Cemetery, Clinton Township, Michigan.


Joseph was the son of Fran­cis Ber­ry and Ann J. Law­son, and husband of Ol­ive J. John­son.

Berry began preaching at 17, joined the De­troit Conference of the Meth­od­ist Epis­co­pal Church in 1874, and became pastor of the First Meth­od­ist Epis­co­pal Church in Mount Cle­mens, Mi­chi­gan, in 1879.

He served as associate editor of the Mi­chi­gan Chris­tian Advocate (1886–90), editor of the Ep­worth Herald (1890–1904), and a Meth­od­ist Epis­co­pal bishop (1904–28).

He led the drive to establish Ep­worth Leagues (the youth fellowship of the Meth­od­ist Epis­co­pal Church) across Amer­i­ca, and his interest in Gospel music developed from a desire to provide suitable songs for Ep­worth League meetings. His works in­clude:

  1. Sweet Voices
  2. Thy Brother Calls to Thee