The revivalist tradition is rooted in pietist hymnody. It is characterized by an emphasis on the relationship of Christ (the bridegroom) to the church and to the individual believer (the bride). It is commonly held that Isaac Watts combined most successfully the expression of worship with that of human devotional experience. The Wesleys developed what we know today as “invitation” songs. When transported to America, this tradition gave rise to the modern revival movement.
Gerhard Tersteegen (1697-1769), a pious mystic of the eighteenth century, was born in Mörs, Germany. He was apprenticed as a young man to his older brother, a shopkeeper. He purchased a humble cottage near Mühlheim, where he led a life of seclusion and self-denial for many years.
Johann Gutenberg (c. 1400-1468) was the inventor of movable type and the father of modern printing.
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was a master organist and composer. Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany to a family of noted musicians.
Winfrid Boniface (680-755), the apostle of Germany, was born in Devonshire, England and became a monk after studying grammar and theology at Exeter. For a time he was a missionary to Frisia, an area comprised mostly of the modern Netherlands.