Wendell is a composer, choir director, and music educator, with a particular interest in contemporary hymnody and choral music. He holds degrees in music composition from Wilfrid Laurier University (BMus), the University of Toronto (MMus) and Western University (PhD), and has taught at Western University, the University of Toronto Scarborough, Faith Builders Educational Programs, Calvary Bible School, and Shenandoah Institute for Music and Art. Wendell serves as academic director for the New Generation A Cappella Choir Camp in Jamaica and as artistic director of Voices of Shalom and Mennonite Memorial Choir. He is a deacon and song leader at Countryside Mennonite Fellowship, and enjoys model trains, tree houses, aviation, Lego bricks, rainy days, puzzles, and life in Waterloo with his best friend Janelle and their four lively children.
Gwendolyn is the mother of two teenage boys and is a part of Bethel Mennonite Church in Gladys, VA. She works from home giving private music lessons, writing and recording music (www.singthekjv.org) and making pottery (www.kjvpottery.com). Gwendolyn graduated from Cedarville University with a BA in piano performance and BME in music education. She received an MS degree from Longwood University and an Ed.D. degree from the University of Virginia in Administration and Supervision. Gwendolyn served in the Virginia public school system for eleven years: five as a music teacher grades preK-8 and six years as an assistant principal, grades ranging from 5-12. In 2003, Gwendolyn returned to music, composing songs out of personal pain and brokenness in her life under the pseudonym Tirzah Joy (“Tears of Joy”). Her passion is that all may find the peace that comes from surrendering their lives fully to our loving Lord. It is impossible to trust Him too much!
West Jefferson, OH
Lloyd has been a music instructor at Sarasota Christian School (Florida), Rosedale Bible Institute (Ohio) and Daystar University (Nairobi, Kenya). He holds a BA in Music Education (Eastern Mennonite College, 1971), and an MA in Music Education with a choral-conducting and vocal concentration (Ohio State University, 1987). He directed the Rosedale Chorale and other school/community choirs during his teaching years, and continues periodic musical activities ranging from weekend events to overseas choral tours. He is self-employed as a painter, handyman, commercial driver, choral / vocal resource person, and choral arranger/composer. He enjoys listening to music from a variety of historic and cultural genres, along with aviation, motorcycling, mechanical tinkering, travel, and more. He is married to Mary (Slabaugh), formerly from Hartville, OH.
John D. Martin
John has been an active promoter of quality church music for more than 40 years. This has prompted him to compile a new hymnal for the church that carries on a tradition of excellence. He will serve as instructor of congregational music classes. John resides at Chambersburg, PA with his wife Patricia. His 4 children are Anne (married to Craig Martin, with 4 grandchildren: Carter, Edward, Charlotte, and Elizabeth), Heather (married to Brandon Byler, with 1 grandaughter: Kaitlyn), Candace (married to Heinrich Schander, with 1 grandson: Camden), and Spencer. His son Geoffrey (2006 SCMC student) died at age 18 in an automobile accident. John holds BS degrees in both elementary education and library science.
Nolan teaches classes in music and physical education at Faith Mennonite High School and conducts the school choir, Faith Chorale. He graduated from West Chester University with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. He has sung with numerous choirs including the Sharon Singers, Faith Builders Chorale, Oasis Chorale, and the Hope Singers. He enjoys reading, listening to free audio books, promoting Anabaptist thought, traveling, and playing sports. He and his wife Alena live in Quarryville, PA and attend Rawlinsville Mennonite Church.
Stuarts Draft, VA
Jonathan is a member of Pilgrim Christian Fellowship of Stuarts Draft, VA. Jonathan has taught school for a number of years and is currently high school teacher at Calvary Christian Academy. He has directed the church youth choir for more than 15 years and received his BA in Music Education from Mary Baldwin College. He enjoys birding in his spare time as well as camping with his family. He is married to Malinda (Swarey) and has 6 children (including 2 sets of twins): Kristan, Karl, Patrick, Heidi, Adam, and Abigail.
Guys Mills, PA
Brandon Mullet conducts choirs and teaches classes in music, literature, and writing at Faith Builders Educational Programs. He graduated from Grace College, majoring in Choral Music Education. He conducts the Faith Builders Chorale, Heart & Voice Men’s Chorus, and the FBCS high school choir while continuing periodic study in voice and conducting. Brandon enjoys being married to Marie; conversation over good food with his sons; connecting with friends; leading congregational singing; reading world news, theology, and novels; and landscaping his yard. Brandon and Marie live in Guys Mills, PA, in their (finally) finished, remodeled house with one of their four sons: Christopher.
Wendell grew up on the plains of Kansas in a singing family and in a singing church. His first formal musical training was at Wichita State University, where he completed a Bachelor of Music Education degree. After teaching and conducting for a number years, he moved to Harrisonburg, Virginia to complete a Masters in Choral Conducting at James Madison University.
He still lives in Virginia with his wife, Jeanene, who is a key asset in his musical and teaching career. She is an invaluable team member as they work together to juggle the various duties of teaching and conducting.
Lyle Stutzman graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. He teaches music at Elnora Bible Institute in Elnora, IN, and arranges and composes choral music. In addition to his musical interests, he enjoys reading, cooking, learning about kingdom living, playing basketball, and spending time with his wife. Lyle and Maria live in Elnora with their three children: Scott, Ivana, and Megan.
Terre Hill, PA
Jeff is currently the director of music at Shalom Mennonite School and Terre Hill Mennonite School in Terre Hill, Pennsylvania, where he lives with his stunning wife, four notable children, and four rogue cats. He began his career as a classical musician, performing in various symphony orchestras around the country. After nine years of playing professionally, he switched careers to become a full-time music educator. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Florida State University, a Master of Music Performance from Southern Methodist University, and a Music Education certificate from Aquinas College. Jeff currently fulfills his love of the performing arts by serving as co-conductor of the Anabaptist Orchestra and as a member of the Oasis Chorale. He also considers himself blessed to be the current director of the Eternal Praise Chorale. He enjoys singing, running, restoring antique furniture, playing games late at night with his family, and getting to know interesting, geeky, artistic, educator-type people.