Mary Louise (Mel) Bringle, Ph.D., is Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and chair of the Humanities Division at Brevard College, Brevard, North Carolina. She started writing hymns until 1999. She has since composed many new hymns, won several national and international hymn writing competitions, and served as President of The Hymn Society in the U.S. and Canada. She is chair of the committee to create a new hymnal for the Presbyterian Church, USA (2011).
Her hymn text, “Cast Out, O Christ,” 3072, Worship & Song, is set to the American folk melody, HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN.