Mark Woods has a nice writeup of someone you might describe as the first English worship leader… maybe. He writes:
Name the best Christian song-writers working in English today and we’d all have our own opinions. Name the greatest over the last couple of centuries and it might not be so controversial – Isaac Watts would probably be there, Charles Wesley and perhaps Fanny Crosby too.
But what about the very first? His feast day is today, he was a monk in the Abbey of Whitby in the 7th century, and his name was Caedmon.
I’ve always loved this story of the very first English hymns. Read Mark’s full story here.