Born: Feb­ru­a­ry 5, 1867, Rich­land, Io­wa.

Died: Sep­tem­ber 2, 1932, Lake Ge­ne­va, Wis­con­sin.

Buried: Oak Hill Ce­me­te­ry, Lake Ge­ne­va, Wis­con­sin.



John was the son of Will­iam George Fear­is and Re­becca Jane Kopp.

His fa­ther was a suc­cess­ful sing­ing school teach­er, and a paint­er by trade. At a young age, John learned to read mu­sic in his fa­ther’s class­es.

He was pas­sion­at­ely fond of mu­sic, and, tak­ing les­sons on the reed or­gan, he was soon able to play in Sun­day school and church.

Later, he took charge of the church choir, and taught sing­ing class­es in near­by towns. He wrote his first hymn tune at age 16.

He event­u­al­ly joined the ed­it­or­ial staff of the Choir Lead­er, pub­lished by the Lo­renz Pub­lish­ing Com­pa­ny in Day­ton, Ohio.


  1. Brightly Beams Anoth­er Morn­ing
  2. Children’s Day
  3. Show Me the Way, My Shep­herd
  4. What Com­fort to Our Hearts
  5. What Won­der­ful Love Is the Love
  1. Be Thou Ex­alt­ed
  2. Beautiful Isle of Some­where
  3. God Is Love (Wood­ruff)
  4. God May Call for You
  5. In the Cleft of the Rock
  6. Kinshasa
  7. Little Rain­drops
  8. Promise Made to Mo­ther, The
  9. Someone Will Climb
  10. Songs in the Night
  11. Show Me the Way, My Shep­herd
  12. There’s Light for a Step
  13. Victory Is Com­ing
  14. Wherever He Leads Me I’ll Go