Born: April 16, 1925, Glasgow, Scotland.
Died: February 24, 2000, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Colvin was a Church of Scotland minister. He served in Africa for 26 years, and for 8 years as minister to a London inner city community church. He was a member of the ecumenical Iona Community for almost 50 years.
As well as being in pastoral ministry in Ghana and Malawi, he helped found and organize Christian Service Committees in those countries.
He was deeply involved in serving Mozambican refugees in Malawi, and for some years he was engaged in community development training in Zimbabwe and other parts of southern Africa.
Throughout his ministry, he had a deep interest in helping the African Church to fully utilize its own musical heritage in worship and to write hymns appropriate to and arising from the African context.
This interest developed into helping to share African hymnody with the world church. The hymns he collected and wrote were published in two volumes:
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