Rich Mullins

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Richard Wayne Mullins (October 21, 1955 – September 19, 1997) was an American Contemporary Christian Music singer and songwriter born in Richmond, Indiana. He has two sisters and two brothers.

Mullins is best known for his worship songs "Awesome God" and "Step by Step", both of which have been embraced as modern classics by many Christians. Some of his albums are also considered among Christian music's best, including Winds of Heaven, Stuff of Earth (1988), The World As Best As I Remember It, Volume One (1991) and A Liturgy, A Legacy, & A Ragamuffin Band (1993). His music has been covered by many artists, including Caedmon's Call, Five Iron Frenzy, Amy Grant, Carolyn Arends, Jars of Clay, Michael W. Smith, John Tesh, Chris Rice, Rebecca St. James, and Third Day.[1]

Rich Mullins is also remembered for his devotion to the Christian faith. He was heavily influenced by St. Francis of Assisi (1181–1226). In 1997, he composed a musical called Canticle of the Plains, a retelling of the life of St. Francis set in the Old West.[2]



Richard Mullins was born to John Mullins, an Indiana tree farmer, and Neva Mullins, a Quaker.[3] Mullins' family called him by his middle name, Wayne, which he went by until college where his friends called him Richard. Mullins grew up attending Arba Friends Meeting, a church in Lynn, Indiana.[4] The Quaker testimonies of peace and social justice later inspired many of his lyrics. Mullins was baptized when he was in the 3rd grade.[5] His great-grandmother had taught him to play hymns in four part harmony when he was very young;[6] he began to study classical piano with a Quaker teacher while in elementary school.

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