Inductees Archive

John T. Benson Sr.

Mr. John T. Benson, Sr. was born in the Edgefield community in east Nashville and was brought up in the Tulip Street Methodist Church where his father was a charter member. His wife, Eva, also was brought up in the same communities and church.  Around the turn of the century they joined with J.O. McClurkan in the founding of an independent holiness church that later came into the Church of the Nazarene. As an outgrowth of their music ministry in this work, the John T. Benson Publishing Company was founded. Music and its ministries in churches, camp meetings, conventions, and Sunday Schools was the real joy of their lives. For over 25 years Mr. Benson served as minister of music, first in the mission and then in the church into which it grew. Although they did write some gospel songs, their greatest contribution was in the publishing and distribution of song books and hymnals. The company he founded still bears his name and is a growing and active part of the religion music publishing business in the United States today.


Induction Year




Nashville, TN



John T. Benson Publishing Company, founder


Other Ministry Roles

Served as Music Minister at churches, camps, conventions, etc.  for 25 years



The Jordanaires singing “Something Within” by John T. Benson Sr.