Both Greg Nelson and Phill McHugh
grew up in the Midwest: Greg is from Bismarck, North Dakota, and Phill
from Aberdeen, South Dakota.
As a team they have written scores of songs, some of which have already become standards and will be sung by Christians around the world until the Lord returns.
Greg said of Phill, his co-writer, the master poet, "He is a songwriter who has that certain something that you can't put your hand on-a gift from God.
Phill, born in 1951, to Frank and Beatrice McHugh, had very little formalmusic training outside of a few piano lessons.
said, "All of this affectedme a great deal and drove me to look for answers.
I began to read the Bible on my own, which started a process that led to my conversion."
In an interview in 1989, Greg told me that he
, at that point, had written more than fifty songs together.
Greg and Phill
gave me the story behind what is unquestionably their most popular song to date.
agrees that it is the most often used of all of their songs.