Merrill Womach used his amazingly rich four-octave tenor voice and incredible musical skill to minister, inspire and touch the lives of millions of people for over seven decades.
While conducting many live performances at funerals during the 1950’s, Merrill struggled to keep up with his many singing and speaking commitments. It was then that he decided to record
his voice (and eventually many, many others) and provide a valuable service to funeral directors everywhere.
His faith in the Lord–coupled with a strong will to serve–allowed him to endure a near-fatal airplane crash while his new company was just beginning to take off. (Read more on Merrill)
Claudia Bixler began piano lessons at the age of 7 and continued formal training through her second year of college. She changed directions and finished school with a law degree.
However, God had given her a special talent to play “by ear” and some have commented that she is a “lyrical pianist” meaning that you can almost hear the words by the expression in her playing. Her heart and soul are in music and she continues to record various styles of music using her grand piano and synthesizers for Global Distribution” since 1981.
Claudia has used her talents on many of the fine Background Discs featured with GDNI. Claudia has accompanied a number of the GDNI vocalists.
Mary Van Arsdale
In Mary Van Arsdale’s life, “the difference is the Lord”, and it is reflected in her talents as
a singer. Mary shares her love for Christ through her own creative lyrics, many of which are found in these songs.
When arranger-conductor Dave Williamson first heard this talented lady, he described her singing style as “Nashville in high heels.”
She expresses her beautiful spirit in the songs she sings and as you listen you will truly understand why, to Mary, “The difference is the Lord.”
Archie Dennis was born into a gifted family of gospel vocalists and used his devout Christian faith to spread the word of God through his many recordings and live performances.
His faith and talent led him to performances throughout the world with various gospel
groups, including a period where he ministered and performed with the Rev. Billy Graham
Association. His rich, vibrant voice took him around the world many times over.
Then in 1976 Archie became an ordained minister. He founded The Lord’s Church (TLC) in
Pittsburgh in 1986 and continued to expand its ministries until his death in 2001.
Jon Van Vogt
A talented singer, keyboard artist and composer, Jon Van Vogt was born into a traveling
musical family that as a group recorded albums in Hollywood, California.
He graduated from Seattle Pacific University and Oral Roberts University and attended Western Evangelical Seminary--becoming an ordained minister in 1976.
Jon is an accomplished concert pianist and organist. He is also a teacher, having taught music to hundreds of pastors and church workers.
Jon’s music is always performed with a reverent and worshipful spirit and he continues to
minister as the director of Calvary Hills Ministries in southeastern Washington.