William Elmo Mercer was born 2/15/1932 at Pollock, Louisiana. He wrote his first song, “A Glimpse Of Jesus” at 14 which was later published by John T. Benson Publishing Company of Nashville, TN. At 19 he wrote “Each Step I Take” which was recorded by 100s among whom was George Beverly Shea. Many years later in crusades in South Korea he discovered it was favorite there. He played the piano at Park Avenue Baptist Church (Nashville) over 38 years, he and wife, Marcia, traveled in music evangelism visiting all 50 states across some 30 years. Elmo wrote over 1,600 songs.
Each step I take my Savior goes before me And with His loving hand He leads the way
And with each breath I whisper I adore Thee Oh what joy to walk with Him each day
Each step I take I know that He will guide me To higher ground He ever leads me on
Until some day the last step will be taken Each step I take just leads me closer home