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10.18.21New USBs Include Next CD and Latest Single
10.16.21Prayer Request Updates: Angela Walker & Bill Turner
10.16.21How to Donate & How to Get Multiple MP3s
10.16.21Get Multiple Downloads for One Donation
10.16.21Bible-Reading Update: Psalms 141-Ecclesiastes 9
10.15.21Another Rieger Daughter Becomes a Bride
10.15.21Influential Albums: 519-525
10.14.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 17th Single
10.13.21New Single: '85 & '86
10.13.21Buy Our Next CD, Get 1 of 34 Free
10.09.21Updated on Three Prayer Requests from Last Week
10.08.21How to Donate Online or by Mail
10.08.21Influential Albums: 512-518
10.08.21What's on the Never, but Then Again Before CD?
10.04.21This Week's News Bulletin
10.03.21Important Prayer Requests from Three Fans
10.03.21Influential Albums: 505-511
10.02.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 16th Single
10.02.21Get Over 1400 Tracks for $100 This Week
09.30.21More Info on the Upcoming ApologetiX CD
09.28.21New Single: 80's Solo Superstars
09.25.21Next CD Coming Next Month
09.25.21Influential Albums: 498-504
09.25.21New USB Flash Drives Include New CD & Single
09.20.21Couple Will Match All Donations Thru Thursday
09.17.21Urgent Prayer Request for Bill Turner
09.17.21From a Native American ApX Fan in Montana
09.17.21Influential Albums: 491-497
09.17.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 15th Single
09.15.21New Single: 80's One-Hit Wonders (Almost)
09.12.21How to Get the New ApX Digital Interactive Songbook
09.12.21Clues for 2021 Single #15
09.12.21Influential Albums: 484-490
09.07.21This Week's News Bulletin
09.04.21Super Sentiments from 16 States & Saskatchewan
09.04.21Another Praise Report from Darnell Cline
09.04.21No Single This Wkd: Here's Why & What's in the Works
09.04.21Influential Albums: 477-483
08.27.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 14th Single
08.27.21Influential Albums: 470-476
08.24.21New Single: 2 from 1986
08.22.21New CD BOGO Ends Wednesday
08.22.21Big Bunch o' Books: What J.'s Been Reading Lately
08.20.21Influential Albums: 463-469
08.16.21This Week's News Bulletin
08.14.21Influential Albums: 456-462
08.14.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 13th Single
08.10.21New Single: 2 Top 10 Hits from 1985
08.07.21Rich Gets Quick: Fastest ApX Member to 100 Songs
08.07.21Influential Albums: 449-455
08.07.21New CD in Stock: Buy 1, Get 1 of 33 CDs Free
08.02.21This Week's News Bulletin
07.30.21More Prayer Needed for Darnell Cline
07.30.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 12th Single
07.30.21Influential Albums: 442-448
07.27.21New Single: More Mid-80's Music
07.25.21Influential Albums: 435-441
07.25.21What's on the Get Rich Quick CD?
07.22.21This Week's News Bulletin
07.17.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 11th Single
07.16.21Father of the Bride (and Father of the Bride 2)
07.16.21More Info on the Upcoming ApologetiX CD
07.16.21Influential Albums: 428-434
07.12.21New 80's Single: #1 Hit and a One-Hit Wonder
07.10.21Darnell Cline: Encouragement from Other ApX Fans
07.10.21Update on Last Week's Appeal Letter
07.10.21Get Ready for Our 62nd CD
07.10.21Remembering ApX Fan Steve Fagan
07.10.21Influential Albums: 421-427
07.08.21Clues for 2021 Single #11
07.05.21This Week's News Bulletin
07.02.21Darnell Cline: Continued Improvement, Long Way to Go
07.02.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 10th Single
07.01.21Influential Albums: 414-420
06.28.21New Single ('84 & '86)
06.27.21Buy Any CD, Get One Free (CD Downloads, Too)
06.26.21Darnell Cline Transferred to Long-Term Rehab
06.26.21Clues for 2021 Single #10
06.25.21Influential Albums: 407-413
06.18.21New Prayer Update on Darnell Cline
06.18.21Influential Albums: 400-406
06.18.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our Ninth Single
06.14.21New Single: '83 & '86
06.11.21Fan Will Match Donations Through Monday
06.11.21Influential Albums: 393-399
06.04.21Prayer Update on Darnell & Sonja Cline
06.04.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our Eighth Single
06.04.21Influential Albums: 386-392
06.04.21New Single: '83 & '85
05.29.21Influential Albums: 379-385
05.24.21This Week's News Bulletin
05.21.21Influential Albums: 365-378
05.20.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our Seventh Single
05.18.21New Single: More from '84
05.07.21This Week's ApX Radio Show: Mother's Day
05.07.21New Single: '85 & '86
05.07.21Influential Albums: 351-364
05.06.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our Sixth Single
04.28.21Bible-in-One Year Starts Today
04.23.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our Fifth Single

The VonBartheld Interview Pt. 1
Thu., Dec. 26. 2013 12:03am EST

One of our greatest blessings in 2013, was meeting our new keyboardist, Bill and Todd's excellent successor, Chris VonBartheld. We've thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Chris, but we feel bad for keeping him all to ourselves. Here's your chance. This is part one in a multi-part interview we did shortly after Chris joined the band.

How and when did you first get started playing keyboards/piano?
As long as I can remember I could play. I was one of those children you read about in the paper, you know "six year old plays with symphony" kind of thing. I do remember playing accordion because my grandmother asked me too. All that made life way too complicated for a kid that just wanted to play baseball with his friends.

How has your experience been "interning" with the past two months with ApologetiX?
It has been a lot of fun. I have to admit I was never a big fan of the band (before) but after seeing what the guys do and the passion in which they do it, watching them interact with the fans, it's all been quite humbling. I can tell you that so far I haven't found a single thing about it I haven't liked.

Can you tell us about your early influences (artists/groups) in music?
Funny thing, the first musical experience I remember is watching the Partridge Family on television. I mean, who didn't want to be Keith, if we're being honest? My parents were older, so I think that's where being having a wider knowledge base of music came in. Elton John was the first for me. I remember seeing a magazine with him on the cover as the "pinball wizard." And then I saw the cover to Kiss Alive.

Who are some of your favorites/influences as a keyboardist/pianist?
At that time growing up there were only so many choices: Elton, Stevie Wonder, Barry Manilow and to a lesser extent Billy Joel. As I got older I remember hearing "Smoke on the Water" and saying, what's that? Being the right age at the right time, bands like Styx, Journey, Reo Speedwagon, Kansas all started to come into the picture. I love guys like Dr. John and Rick Wakeman, but i can't play like either of them.

You also play guitar. When did you start and who/what influenced you there?
Guitar is much more fun to play. It's may not be the best reason, but as I got older and started to realize girls like musicians. I thought they'd like a guitar player better then a guy hidden behind a piano. I was the lead singer in most of the bands I've been in and it's a lot easier to be "fronting" the band on guitar. Like I said, I love Kiss, so those guitar players. My mom listened to John Denver so I grew up with that.

What have been your favorite things about playing with ApologetiX?
These guys are all passionate and professional. It isn't like these guys know a few chords so they play some basic songs. There is some serious musicianship in this band. I hadn't played any of these songs (original versions) in10-15 years, and some I'd never played. How painstaking the attention to detail is. I'm still trying to get some of the things right. But the guys, the travel, the fans, so far it's all been spectacular.

How have the ApologetiX fans been treating you?
So far they've been really nice and supportive. I spent most of the time so far as the "mystery new guy," so no one really knew who I was or anything about me. Now that the word is getting out about me, they have been very friendly and welcoming both in person and on the social media sites.

How and when did you you first become a Christian?
It was July 4, 2005. A good friend of mine had a near-death experience and saw the hand of God wipe death away. Needless to say, he became a believer. Soon thereafter he had a dream/vision that he was to save me. I hadn't seen Rich in 10 years maybe. We had been on the road together and he'd partied worse then I did. I wasn't trying to hear about it, but Rich is my friend, so I enjoy his company. After a few months of being "dragged" to churches, etc, the seed got planted. And on that day at a firework display, he led me to the Cross. That's the quick version anyway.

What's your home church?
It's funny -- as a worship leader for several churches I try not to think of any one church over another as my "home church," but there is one that if I have a Sunday off I prefer, but I'm going to keep that information to myself in fairness to all the churches I work for.

Tell us about your wife ...
Danielle is and will always be "the one." We were high-school sweethearts more or less but in 1985 I had to choose her or music and the life, and I picked music. We were kids. Over the years I told people that she was the one, but came along at the wrong time. I never backed off that statement. We we're both married and for one reason or another both of our relationships fell apart. I never thought I'd ever hear from her again and thanks to social media we got back in contact. I moved here in 2006 to be with her and on April 4, 2009 we were married. God gave me the chance to do it all over again, this time i didn't screw it up. She is my world. She had to sign off on this before it even mattered. I get her, she gets me and after that there's no looking backwards. She is working on her masters program for Christian Counciling, she'll be really good at it. I could talk about her all day.

Tell us about your kids
I have two sons, Jon and Zach. Jon is 14 and Zach is nine. Jon is a "techy" kind of kid. I go to him when I have trouble with my iPhone. He started showing an interest in photography, he took a class over the summer so you know he must mean it. We just bought him his first "decent" camera, so we'll see. Zach is my troublemaker (just like me). He's nothing but a ball of energy.