John Zundel was born in Hochdorf, Germany. He began his music career in St. Petersburg, Russia. Emigrating to America in 1847, he became organist at Henry Ward Beecher's Plymouth Congregationalist Church in Brooklyn, where he served for the next 30 years. His music became almost as popular as was Beecher's preaching. Zundel published several hymn collections and edited three different musical periodicals. Of the several hymn tunes he composed, we are most familiar with the one to which we sing "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling."