DARYL MELLOTT was exposed to music from the time he was born. His mother was a church organist and taught private piano lessons for over 50 years. In the fourth grade Daryl decided he wanted to play the trombone and he began this musical journey at the age of 11. With help from his mother and strong support from his father, Daryl worked on mastering the instrument. At age 16 Daryl got his first guitar. As he could already read the Bass Clef, bass guitar was a logical choice for Daryl. He joined a group of friends and started a garage-style rock and roll band. Daryl performed with several rock groups throughout high school and also participated in Regional, State and Country bands and orchestras. Upon graduation in 1969, Daryl received a scholarship to continue his musical education at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, approximately 40 miles west of Nashville. It was in college that Daryl discovered many different styles of music. If he wasn’t performing with one of the University’s many different musical outlets, he would be playing rock, country or Dixieland music with different groups in and around Nashville, Tennessee. It was also during his college years that Daryl met his wife, Cina, who was also majoring in education and the music field. In 1973, Daryl graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in music education. He married his college sweetheart and convinced her to leave her hometown of Miami, Florida (although she still hates the winter). Daryl directed the church choir in addition to helping his wife with the junior choir by playing the bass guitar. Soon Daryl decided to give up the rock and roll scene and finally decided to settle on the music that he enjoys most, Southern Gospel. In 1976, Daryl started Chapter VII and has not looked back. He continues to seek out new songs and arrangements for the group to work on, all while pushing them to be the best they can be. Rest assured the music and songs of Chapter VII will always be number one to Daryl, and the search will continue for new material to uplift the name of Jesus.
DEBE BALDWIN has been playing the piano and singing since she was in second grade. She played the piano for the chorus in high school, the church choir, and many weddings. Debe is a retired elementary school teacher. She now has time to devote to reading, making candy and crafts, sewing, quilting and singing alto with Chapter VII. Debe is married to Robert Baldwin. Both of their children are married and the couple loves spending time with their grandchildren.
ROBERT BALDWIN or ”Chappy Bob” has been the Resident Chaplain for the Boy Scouts at the Hidden Valley Scout Reservation near Loysville, PA for over 17 years. He has been an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren for the past 11 years. He retired after 30 years of teaching third grade in the Big Spring School District. He served in the US Coast Guard for a four year tour of duty. Bob is married to the Chapter VII pianist, Debe, for over 45 years. They have three grandchildren. He primarily helps the group with the loading and unloading of equipment. In addition, he helps Chapter VII keep their focus on continuing the ministry of Christ in music. He loves being a part of Chapter VII and is an asset to have at Chapter VII events to speak with people about their walk with the Lord. Bob truly enjoys being a servant and messenger for Jesus Christ and is currently a cancer survivor for eight years.
JOHN LEISTER was raised in Hyndman, PA. He attended Hyndman High School, where he was in the high school chorus for four years. He also sang in the youth choir at his church. After high school he was married and moved to Carlisle in 1979. He joined Waggoners United Methodist Church in 1984. There he sang in the church choir for 20 years. He also sang in a contemporary praise group for ten years. John is honored to praise God and have the privilege to sing with Chapter VII. John has been married to his wife, Tina, for thirty-five years and has two sons.
SUZANNE (SUZY) LINDERMANN. As young as seven or eight, Suzy and her older brother (Bud) and sister (Gail) were singing and performing with their parents (both professional musicians) in church as a family “band” for covered dish suppers, choral hymn sings, musicals, etc. In fourth grade she began playing the clarinet and later switched to oboe, playing in the high school concert and marching bands, bell choir and singing in the church choir and high school concert and Toccata choirs. Suzy graduated from Cumberland Valley High School in 1971 and began working for Bell Telephone Co of PA. In 1981 she joined the U.S. Army as a Biomedical Equipment repair technician and left the Army in 1987 to pursue being a full time mother to her three children. As her children grew, she instilled her love of music in them and encouraged them all to pursue singing and playing musical instruments. She has been a choir member and occasional soloist at Waggoners United Methodist church for the past four years and is currently the Worship Team leader and has also performed with WPFG’s Bridge Choir. She is thrilled to have been asked to be a part of Chapter VII and to have been given another opportunity to honor and praise the Lord with the gift of song.
ALENA PETERSEN - Married to Lynn Petersen for 30 years. I am a sinner saved by grace seeking to spread the gospel of Jesus through song. Graduated from Lancaster Bible College with a Bible degree and a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Counseling. Gardening and sewing are my hobbies. I also love cats and other rascally creatures.
LYNN PETERSEN was born in Toledo, Ohio. He graduated in 1986 from the United States Naval Academy and commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy. At the Naval Academy he played clarinet in the Pep Band. After graduation, he married the dream and love of his life, Alena, in 1987. He also became the daddy of two great children in 1988 and in 1990. In 1990, his wife's uncle, a "Completed Jew" shared the Gospel of Christ with him, and he trusted in the blood atoning work of Jesus, and asked Jesus to forgive him of his sins and save him. In July 1991, he and Alena were baptized. Fast forward to 2012, having served as a church deacon, Sunday school teacher, and congregational song leader, he co-founded the Southern Gospel Quartet "ALL four HIM" in Chester, County PA. Lynn came to Chapter VII in January of 2015 and sings bass and also plays the clarinet for the group. Lynn completed his 30 year career with the United States Navy by retiring as a Navy Captain in June, 2016. "It is a joy to sing unto the Lord to glorify HIM, and to encourage others with the Gospel of Christ. My desire is to reach as many men, women, boys, and girls with the Gospel of Christ in message and in music so that they, like I have, can experience the rich joy and peace that passes all worldly understanding; that joy that is only provided by faith in Christ. My life verse is Philippians 4:13. "I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me." Prov 3:5,6; 2 Chronicles 7:14; Psalms 41; Ephesians 2:8,9 and John 14:6; among others, are all verses that strengthen and encourage me." “It has truly been a blessing singing for Chapter VII Gospel Quartet by spreading the Gospel in song to those who attend our concerts, listen to us on Praise Radio (www.praypraypray.net) and who purchase our CDs. I look forward to many years ahead spreading the Gospel in music with my brothers and sisters in Chapter VII Gospel Quartet. There is no better message to proclaim than that of the Good News! The Gospel of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.”
RICHELLE TRAYER grew up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She and her five siblings all played various instruments in the band and performed with their cousins in many local events. Richelle has taught general and instrumental music in Delaware, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. She now lives on a farm and raises grass fed beef, Romney sheep, turkeys, chickens and a goat. Richelle is married and has two sons.