Johannes Alfred Hultman (1861–1942) was a Swedish evangelist, singer, musician, composer and publisher, who spread the Good News in the United States and Sweden for over half a century. In 1885 he was one of the founding members of the Evangelical Mission Covenant Church.
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Johannes Alfred Hultman 
(1861-07-06)July 6, 1861
Jönköping County, Småland
August 7, 1942(1942-08-07) (aged 81)
evangelist, singer, musician, composer, publisher
Carolina Palmer; Margaret Jansson
J. A. Hultman was born in 1861 on a farm in Jönköping County in the province of Småland. His family emigrated to America in 1869 and settled on a farm near Essex, Iowa.
His religious faith and interest in music began at early age. As a young man he studied for two years at the Chicago Athenaeum while leading a choir at the present-day Douglas Park Covenant Church. He later served as pastor at Covenant churches in Nebraska and Massachusetts.
A revivalist preacher while still in his teens, Hultman did not become an ordained minister until 1900. After six years as an assistant pastor in Worcester, Massachusetts, he resigned his post to allow more time for his concert tours and business activities. One of his ventures was the Hultman Conservatory of Music, which he and his son operated in Worcester, Massachusetts and later moved to Chicago.
His warm personality and uplifting songs earned Hultman the title of “The Sunshine Singer”. In 1889 he joined the Swedish theologian P. P. Waldenström on a preaching tour of the United States, for which he provided the music. He toured extensively, becoming well known in Swedish-American communities and in Sweden, which from 1909 onwards he visited frequently. Wherever he went, he brought along his trademark portable organ. When suspected of being a bootlegger during Prohibition, he was asked if he carried any “moonshine”. He replied that he only smuggled “sunshine”.
Typically, a third of the proceeds from his concerts went to the sponsoring church while another third went to charity. Hultman was quite generous with the third that he received. The 1925 construction of Caroline Hall at North Park University, for instance, was partially funded by his concert earnings. His connection to the school went back to the years 1896-1897 when