Charles A. Tindley

Rev. Charles Tindley (1851-1933) is best know for writing the hymn "I'll Overcome Someday" which was adapted into the civil rights anthem "We Shall Overcome" byparticipants at the Highlander Folk School. Five of his hymns are included in the United Methodist Hymnal.
Rev. Tindley did not attend seminary but was self-taught, learning Greek by correspondence and Hebrew from a local synagogue. He was ordained an elder in 1889 and in 1902 appointed pastor of Philadelphia's Bainbridge Street Methodist Episcopal Church where he had once served as an unpaid janitor. Under his leadership the church grew to over 10,000 members was was renamed Tindley Chapel after his death.
A list of Charles Tindley's hymns