The Bibletones Quartet was established in 1957 and has been based out of Gulfport, Mississippi ever since. Get to the guys by reading their personal biography.





There have been several notable things that the Bibletones have achieved during its existence. They have recorded over 40 different projects, including videos, TV programs including a weekly show in Tampa, FL., hosted by singer, songwriter, and minister, The Late Vep Ellis. The group has appeared on the Gospel Singing Jubilee, Sunday night Grand Ole Opry, The National Quartet Convention, have promoted gospel concerts in South Mississippi, many of those concerts were promoted together with the old gospel man, the late, J. G. Whitfield.

The Bibletones Quartet work mainly in the southeastern states with occasional dates in the mid west and northeast. The Bibletones has had the privilege of having had over 75 different members to pass through the group in its 52 years of singing. Names include men that were once part of or went on to other groups such as -- Paul Vinson (Dixie Echoes), Mark Flaker (Florida Boys), Tommy Atwood (Florida Boys), Billy Todd (Florida Boys), William Pippen (Naomi & the Segos), Craig Pippin (Dixie Echoes), Vaughn Thacker (Dixie Echoes), Pete Pitts (Naomi & the Segos), Tommy Randall (Plainsmen), Mark Lanier (Poet Voice). Howard said the group was organized to serve as a singing ministry and the Lord has blessed the ministry and allowed it to grow for the past 52 years. The Bibletone's hope and prayer is that the group will continue another 50 years of ministry.

  Shane Mercer – Tenor
Shane is relatively new to southern gospel music, having sung for only six years with two local quartets in his area. He truly loves sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ through song. He and his lovely wife, Sheila, have been blessed with two children and four grand-children. He is self-employed as owner-opreator of Mercer's Body Shop in Marianna, Florida. He also serves as deacon and Sunday school teacher at his home church.

Chris Sikes – Baritone
Chris helps in the day-to-day operations of the quartet. He and his wife Tracie, have two children, Jordan, 18, pianist for the Bibletones and Jonathan, 13, a gifted baseball player. Chris was the pianist and a vocalist for the Bryan Brothers Quartet, prior to joining the Bibletones. Chris and Tracie are both very active in their church and several community activities.
Doug Bryan – Lead Vocal
Doug sang for 24 years. He is currently in banking and serves as bank president. He and his wife Sheila have three children, Justin 19, Meagan 16, and Sarabeth 10. Doug is active in his community and church. He currently serves as a deacon and music director.
  Ryan Ziglar – Bass
At the young age of 14, Ryan started singing bass for Pilgrims Promise, a southern gospel quartet from Baker, FL., where he was born. This group performed for nearly a decade in the tri-state area – Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. In 1998, Ryan sang bass for the Bryan Brothers, a Florida quartet that has performed for more than 35 years. In January of 2009, Ryan joined the Bibletones as a bass vocalist. Ryan is self-employed by Lazy Acre Productions, Inc., which includes video production, website development and design, graphic design and marketing strategies. Ryan and his wife Kelly have three children, all boys, ages eight, five and four.
Howard Rutland – Lead Vocal
Howard has been a member of the group for 40 years. He travels on most dates and sings occasionally. He began his quartet singing in the 1950’s following in the footsteps of his musically talented father, who taught at “singing schools” in the 40’s and 50’s. Howard sang tenor for many years with several different groups, The Tall Men Quartet, of Mississippi was just one of these groups. The Tall Men, recorded with Canaan Records, which was produced and directed by Les Beasley and Marvin Norcross. Howard has been a part of more than 40 long play record albums. He resides in Gulfport, Mississippi, where he has worked in the funeral industry for the past 20 years. Howard and his wife June have two children and three grandchildren.
Jordan Sikes – Pianist
Jordan, 18 years old, is no stranger to the southern gospel quartet industry. He has been an instrumentalist in several different quartets since the age of seven. In addition to his work with the Bibletones, Jordan is a recording studio engineer and arranger. He will begin college this fall.