Christian hymn writer and Salvation Army minister are among Christians to receive top awards in Queen’s Birthday Honours

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Popular Christian hymn writer Keith Getty today becomes the first contemporary church musician to receive an OBE.

The award in the Queen’s Birthday Honours marks Getty’s contribution to music and hymn writing through his re- popularising of hymns.

It is the first such an award has been given to an individual who is actively involved in the world of contemporary church music.

Getty’s hymns, often written in collaboration with Stuart Townend, include the the popular In Christ Alone  – the number one most-frequently-sung in UK churches for a record-setting nine consecutive years.

Getty said, ‘When I first received the call, I was pretty surprised. It is an honour for us as a family and also for the great hymn-writing heritage we have here in the U.K. of which we are a tiny part. I am very grateful to her Majesty the Queen for this honour.’

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