Ziesemer Family Publishers is an extension of the musical life and ministry of the Ziesemer family. We publish traditional, Christ-honoring sacred and classical music that is thoughtfully and artistically created with attention to quality and the highest standards of musical integrity.
Meet our Composers and Arrangers
Aaron W. Baker, Ph.D., is the minister of music and director of missions at North Belt Baptist Church in Humble, Texas. Actively involved in church music ministry since the age of five and answering the call to preach at the age of sixteen, he has ministered in sermon and song on four continents. As an educator, Aaron has taught private piano lessons for more than 25 years, worked as an adjunct faculty member of two Bible colleges in the Philippines, and served as the director of the Ezekiel School of Church Music in southeast Louisiana. Read More
At present, Aaron serves as a Bible teacher, conductor, pianist, music teacher, recording artist, arranger, and songwriter. He resides in Huffman, Texas, with his wife, Laura, and their children, Jonathan, Josiah, James, Mary Ann, Martha, and Matthew.
Jacob Bernhardt, a native of the Chicago area, was exposed to music at a young age through the ministry of both his grandmothers, who were church pianists. He began formal piano lessons at age six. In high school, he was a scholarship student of renowned pedagogue Emilio del Rosario at the Music Institute of Chicago. Read More
Second from the left is Phil, the pianist for The Children’s Bible Hour boys’ quartet called “The Nephews.” From the July 1945 CBH News. Read More
Soon Mr. Garvin was asked to sing and play on The Children’s Bible Hour of Grand Rapids. Johnnie Hallett, pianist and composer for the radio program, was a very special inspiration for Mr. Garvin. In fact, when Johnnie Hallett resigned as pianist, Mr. Garvin took his place and many thought it was still Mr. Hallett playing! We have included one of Mr. Hallett’s hymns, “There’s No Disappointment in Jesus,” on this recording.
During the Korean War, Mr. Garvin was stationed in Germany as chaplain’s assistant and played the piano for a traveling servicemen’s choir. Later, he served as a missionary in Europe for five years, where
he played for Bible conferences.
When visiting London, England, a lady gave Mr. Garvin a music book that explained how to play chimes on the piano that sounded like “Big Ben.” This technique is heard in “Silent Night” on this recording.
It was also in England that Mr. Garvin met Stuart K. Hine, who translated the famous hymn “How Great Thou Art” from Swedish into English and later composed stanzas three and four.
Mr. Garvin was eight years old when he asked Jesus Christ to come into his heart to be his Savior and Lord. Since then, the Lord has blessed him with a love for playing Gospel music. Mr. Garvin has a rich harmonic improvisation that pervades his playing and supports those whom he accompanies.
Another ministry for which Mr. Garvin has an even greater love is that of soul winning. He tells about this in his book, Fishing With Phil.
Even after suffering from a variety of maladies: a stroke at the age of 78, dupitrens (arthritic stiffening of his left little finger), and hip surgery at 85, God is pleased to continue to use Mr. Garvin at the keyboard for His glory.
Dr Dean Kincaid
M. Dean Kincaid, DMA, AAGO, began study at an early age with Augusta Gentsch of Spokane, Washington. He later earned a bachelor’s degree in organ with a minor in piano and established the Kincaid School of Music in Spokane. Read More
In 1954, he and his wife, Barbara, were married and were later blessed with three daughters. For further study he, with his family, moved to Chicago in 1965. He joined the faculty of Moody Bible Institute, where he taught for four years. Subsequently, he became both a graduate student and a professor at the American Conservatory of Music, earning a master’s in music theory and a doctorate in organ and serving as Chairman of Music Theory and later as Dean of Faculty.
Dr. Kincaid was a dedicated teacher of organ, piano, and music theory. He found great joy in mentoring young musicians and served his whole life as a church organist/choir director. After his retirement, he lived with his wife in the Chicago suburbs enjoying their daughters, their five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. With a peaceful smile, he was promoted to glory on April 4, 2016.
Vern Stromberg (1936-2005) began his musical career at the age of eight, with piano lessons in his home. By age fourteen he was the pianist at his church. He wrote his first published song, “I Recommend Him”, at age sixteen. Vern attended Milwaukee Bible College, where he traveled as part of a musical ensemble during the summers. He then transferred to Milwaukee Conservatory of Music and also spent one year at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Read More
When Milwaukee Bible College relocated to Grand Rapids, Michigan, and became Grace Bible College, Vern was asked to join the staff and lead choirs and other musical groups. He did so in 1961, and at the same time attended Western Michigan University, graduating with a B.A. in Education. He then began work on his M.A. in Music and Music Theory at Michigan State. When he completed that degree, he became a Professor of Music at Grace Bible College and taught there for sixteen years.
After leaving Grace he was an itinerant pianist for national traveling soloists, including John Hall, David Baker and Myrna White. He also played many years for Presbyterian Renewal Conferences. He moved to Milwaukee in 1980 in part to care for his elderly mother. Vern accepted the position of Director of Music at Elmbrook Church in the Milwaukee area and served in that capacity for ten years.
During his years of music ministry, he wrote songs, published many of them, produced three albums, plus tapes and CDs, became a piano tuner and licensed massage therapist, and also wrote and published a joke book and a cookbook.
Vern’s life reflected a serious, spiritual side as well as a balanced sense of humor—a combination that endeared him to his family and to many others.
He went to be with the Lord in 2005 after a difficult battle with Parkinson’s. Toward the end of his life, much of his physical abilities were gone, but his musical talents remained until a week before his death.
Because hearing is the first sense to develop in a child, Daniel’s musical training began before he was born, listening to beautiful, melodious music at home and at church. He was an avid singer and composer in his crib, and in 1990, and at the age of three began his violin training with William Führberg. Read More
With a desire to produce recordings, and to preserve and make available in print, beautiful and Christ honoring music, Daniel along with his parents founded Ziesemer Family Publishers (zfpublishers.com) in 2011. His discography includes Abiding, Everlasting Love, and his most recent recording, I Believe in Miracles. Daniel enjoys ministering through music playing regularly at church, retirement centers and for special conferences and occasions. He is also a performing member of both the Hinsdale and Western Springs Music Clubs.