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history of the berry brothers
The Berry Brothers have been involved in gospel music since childhood. Their family has a rich history of ministry. Their father, Clyde Berry, has been a pastor for over 40 years. He was a member of the Berry Quartet, a popular quartet from Fredericktown, Missouri in the 1950's and 1960's. The Berry Quartet was made up of Clyde and his brothers.
The mother of the Berry Brothers, Phyllis (Rogers) Berry, is a talented pianist who comes from a singing family as well. Her father was a member of the Rogers Quartet from Fredericktown, Missouri. Phyllis, her father, Glenn, her Uncle Lindell and sister, Janice Durbin were a part of the quartet in the 1950's and 1960's.
Out of these diverse talented families have emerged several preachers, music ministers, and gospel groups.
The older brothers, Alan and Steve, were part of a popular quartet, The Young Messengers, in the mid 1970's. This group of young men recorded two albums of quartet music and traveled the Midwest doing concerts and revivals. After the Young Messengers dissolved, Alan and Steve started a new group known as The Berry Singers with Brian and Crystal Kinder. Doug later joined The Berry Singers and the group quickly became a favorite gospel group in the Midwest. Their album Jesus, How I Love You, included the song, Hallelujah Meeting which reached number 15 on the Midwest Gospel Music charts in 1976. Both the Young Messengers and The Berry Brothers performed in concerts with such groups as The Oak Ridge Boys, The Imperials, and The Blackwood Brothers. They appeared on several television and radio programs throughout the South and Midwest. After The Berry Singers disbanded, the brothers became involved in individual ministries.
The Young Messengers Reunite in Alaska
Alan is music director at United Methodist and Doe Run Baptist Churches. In the past, he had served as pastor of East Bonne Terre First Baptist Church, Meadow Heights Baptist, Fredericktown, and Red Start Baptist in Cape Girardeau. He also served as the Director of Missions for St. Francois Baptist Association in Fredericktown, Missouri. He sang for ten years in a gospel group known as Cornerstone, recording three albums and performing hundreds of concerts throughout the Midwest.
Alan is a graduate of Missouri Baptist College in St. Louis and Midwestern Baptist Seminary in Kansas City. He currently teaches history in the Farmington R-7 School District in Farmington, Missouri and is music director for Memorial Methodist Church in Farmington and First Baptist Church of Doe Run, Missouri. He has a Masters Degrees Education and Secondary Administration. His wife, Marilyn, also teaches and has a Masters Degree in Education. Alan has two children and three grandchildren. Mark works is meat cutter at Country Mart in Bonne Terre and plays bass guitar in his band. Amy works at a daycare in Scott City. Her children, Isaiah and Eli and both very athletic. Alan and Marilyn have three children, the two youngest, Alayna Grace and Boone live in Farmington with their parents. Abbi attends Truman University in Kirksville.
Steve has been pastor at Saline Baptist Church in Minnith since 1995. Friends, Vick and Lisa Brown and his wife, Leeta make up New Day, the praise and worship team for Saline Baptist. Steve has served as youth minister at Three Rivers Baptist Church in Farmington, music director for First Baptist Church in Bonne Terre and Second Baptist Church in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. He surrendered to the ministry while attending Second Baptist and became Assistant Pastor there. He also served as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Perryville before taking his present position in Minnith. Other than gospel music, he has played and sang country and bluegrass in the family's country variety show called The Berry Boys Mountain Music Show.
Steve is a graduate of Central Methodist College in Fayette, Missouri and Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar. He holds a Masters Degrees in Elementary Education and Elementary Administration. He is a fourth grade teacher at Farmington R-7 School District. His wife, Leeta, is a school librarian in Ste. Genevieve with a Masters and Specialist Degree in Elementary Education. They reside in Ste. Genevieve and have one daughter, Missy who has a Masters in Education degree and library science degree. She is married to Ryan Tisher, a chiropractor and associate pastor of First Baptist Church in Ste. Genevieve. They have four children, Rawlin, Anderson, Chamberlin and Myla.
Doug is presently praise and worship leader at United Methodist in Farmington, along with his wife, Paula and friend, Scottye Adkins who make up the group, Perfect Harmony. He has served as Youth and Music Director for the First Baptist Church in Bonne Terre, Missouri, Meadow Heights Baptist Church, Fredericktown, First Baptist Church Chester, Illinois, Second Baptist Church in Fredericktown, and East Bonne Terre Baptist Church in Missouri. Doug was a member of Homeland Quartet, now called Crimson Gold. He performed for several years with The Plummer Family originally from Branson, Missouri. He was a member of the country/gospel music group City Limits, which in 1993, finished first in the state of Missouri in the Wrangler Country Showdown contest.
Doug graduated from St. Louis Broadcast Center in St. Louis, Missouri worked for several years in radio. He is married Paula (Franks) Berry, and they reside in Bonne Terre with Paula's two children, Jordan and Olivia. Doug has three children. Ashley is married to Mike McClanahan and lives in Farmington. Both Paula and Ashley work for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Doug's other children, Garrett and Summer live in Farmington.