Born: Ap­ril 21, 1856, near Med­ford, New Jer­sey.

Died: Sep­tem­ber 25, 1922, Nor­man, Ok­la­ho­ma.

Buried: Mt. Hol­ly, New Jer­sey.

Oatman at­tend­ed Her­bert’s Acad­e­my in Vin­cen­town, New Jer­sey, and the New Jer­sey Col­le­gi­ate In­sti­tute in Bor­den­town. He was or­dained as a Meth­od­ist Epis­co­pal min­is­ter, but his pas­tor­al work was con­fined to lo­cal church­es, as he worked full time in the re­tail and in­sur­ance in­dus­tries. He wrote ly­rics for 5,000 Gos­pel songs.



  1. Alone with God
  2. Come, Soul, and Find Thy Rest
  3. Count Your Blessings
  4. Deeper Yet
  5. Every Bridge Is Burned Behind Me
  6. Fire Is Burning, The
  7. Hallelujah Side, The
  8. He Included Me
  9. Higher Ground
  10. Holy, Ho­ly, Is What the Angels Sing
  11. How the Fire Fell
  12. I Know He’s Mine
  13. I Will Follow Thee
  14. I Will Trade the Old Cross for a Crown
  15. Jesus Took My Burden
  16. Last Mile of the Way, The
  17. Lift Him Up
  18. Move Along
  19. No, Not One
  20. Only Once You Pass This Way
  21. Resting in the Arms of Jesus
  22. Send a Wave of Salva­tion Today
  23. Sweeter Than All
  24. Tell It Wherever You Go
  25. When Our Lord Shall Come Again
  26. Worthy the Lamb