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.
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.
DAVID RYAN considers himself to be a late starter in music. He did a brief stint in his middle school’s band as a tuba player. Brief because it was too embarrassing hitting people on the bus with a tuba case. Other than that, he did not seriously study an instrument until he was fourteen. That was the age that he first heard his church’s new pianist, the late Bill Thompson, play for the first time. That experience brought a love for the piano and Christian music that is as strong today as it was thirty plus years ago. David’s grandmother, Myrl Lewis, tended to the details so that he could receive piano lessons. A year later, after Mr. Thompson had a heart attack but thankfully recovered, David became the pianist at his church. He has been playing in various churches since then. He played piano for the “Praise Quartet”, a popular southern gospel group in their local area of Cookeville Tennessee. David is a founding member, along with his daughter, Ariel, his friends Lynn and Alena Petersen (also of Chapter VII), of the gospel group “All four Him”. David regularly took his two children, as they grew up, to local nursing homes to sing and play for the residents. Two years ago, he felt impressed to become more serious about the guitar. He now believes that the Holy Spirit led in that direction, at least in part, to play for Chapter VII. David has given private music lessons for over thirty years. In addition to giving lessons, in recent years, he has been driving tractor trailers like he said he would do in second grade. He is thrilled that this new chapter of ministry has opened with Chapter VII, a group that has a long history of communicating the love of Jesus and His redemptive power through music (1 Timothy 1:12).
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.”
NANCY HOFFMAN grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia with her four brothers. Her mother, a classical trained pianist and soprano, instilled in her a love for song and dance at a very young age. Nancy graduated from Bloomsburg University with a BS in Education and later received a nursing degree from Harrisburg Area Community College. In December, 2018, she retired (almost) after many years of practicing as a Registered Nurse. She has been married to her high school sweetheart (Jim) for 46 years. They have two grown children and one grandson. Nancy is an active member of Waggoners United Methodist Church where she leads the Womens’ Prayer Group and sings with the Worship Team and the Womens’ Ensemble. She also sings alto with the Ecumenical Choir of Mechanicsburg. Nancy enjoys music, theater and dance and is an avid tap dancer. She feels blessed to be given the opportunity to sing gospel songs of joy and praise with Chapter VII.
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.
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.