For many years, the Voice of Prophecy has had the pleasure of providing Wayne Hooper’s arrangements to the world. His music ministry has touched millions of lives and will continue to do so until the Lord comes to take us home.
La Sierra University is now the guardian of Hooper’s estate, and they now handle all requests for sheet music, arrangements, permission and other items. Please visit this website if you are looking for Wayne Hooper's music and permission to use it.
ABOUT WAYNE HOOPER
The beloved Wayne Hooper worked with the Voice of Prophecy for some 65 years. He joined the King's Heralds quartet at the Voice of Prophecy in 1943, singing baritone for four years before moving to Nebraska to complete his bachelor's degree in music. He resumed his role in the quartet from 1949 to 1962, then continued to serve the Voice of Prophecy as music director, producer of the Sunday radio broadcast, and trust services director. He received his Master of Arts degree in music in 1957 from Occidental College, Los Angeles.
Hooper composed the song synonymous with the Adventist Church's belief in Jesus Christ’s Second Coming. The song "We Have this Hope" was his best-known song and was created as the theme song for the 1962 Adventist Church’s General Conference Session in San Francisco. The song was used again as the theme song for the General Conference sessions of 1966, 1975, 1995 and 2000. By popular demand, the hymn has been incorporated into Adventist church hymnals and translated into dozens of languages.
Hooper, who wrote both the words and music to the song, later said of the experience, "This is the one time in my life that I feel very certain that I was 'given' the musical ideas from the Lord."
After officially retiring in 1980, Hooper coordinated the production of the current Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal and a companion volume giving the history of the 695 selections and composers. The hymnal has sold more than 1 million copies.
His prolific career included hundreds of compositions and arrangements for soloists, quartets, choirs and orchestras.
Wayne Hooper died February 28, 2007 at his home in Thousand Oaks, California. He was 86. His wife, Harriet Hooper, passed away in 2017. They are survived by their four children and families.