February 12, 2014...2:06 pm
Where are you from? Caracas, Venezuela
Primary Instruments: Drums and Guitar
How did the Lord lead you to come to Ocean’s Edge? Well, I think all this was planned out by the Lord ever since I was born. I’ve been coming at least once a year to Pompano Beach since I was a little kid. So, every time I came here with my family, we would attend Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale. We actually have an apartment three minutes away from the Church and the school.
I found out about Ocean’s Edge in 2011. I came for the holidays again and I went to Not So Silent Night. To be honest I didn’t want to go to the show, my parents made me. I thought that it was going to be some lame kids playing lame music, because I didn’t know anything about the school. I was so wrong. I fell in love with OE immediately. I was so stunned by the way the students worshiped God; it was so genuine and fun! They had so much musical talent and the sound was amazing. I wanted all that for me. But I felt that I wasn’t ready.
I went back the next year and I attended to the Not So Silent Night Show in 2012 again. That’s when I felt that the Lord really wanted me to go to the school. I met Doug Farrar at the show and he gave me the opportunity to audition. After I was accepted it became real. I was going to be part of OE. But, it was still a hard decision to make because I was living life my way (away from the Lord) and to leave my country, my family and friends wasn’t easy. But, I took a leap of faith for the first time in my life. I realized that without Christ I was nothing and I was getting nowhere. So, I knew that coming to Ocean’s Edge would give me the opportunity to be closer to God and to become an extraordinary musician at the same time.
So, now I’m here! I am so glad that I made the decision to come to Ocean’s Edge. It is a life changing experience and I feel so thankful to God for giving me the chance to be part of it.
What’s the number one thing you’ve learned so far being here? I’ve learned that the love of God is something so great and beautiful that it doesn’t matter how big our sin is, His love is bigger and He will always be there for us no matter what.
What advice would you give future students? Enjoy the whole year as much as you can. It’s going to be the best year of your life-have fun, pray, read the Bible as much as you can, laugh with your friends and laugh at your friends, study and practice until your hands and/or vocal cords can’t give more. Don’t be lazy!
Advice for foreign students: don’t hesitate to make the decision to come to the school. Don’t be afraid to leave your country and begin a new life. What God has for you in this school is an indescribable blessing. You are going to have a lot of fun, I assure you!
What do you hope to do when you graduate? I want to continue worshiping God through music. He gave me this talent, so I want to thank Him by giving it all back to Him. I just need to have faith that wherever I go, it’s where God wants me to be. Whether it’s doing a second year at OE, applying for a job here at Calvary or at any other church, or going back to my country. All those are things that I can see myself doing, I’m just waiting for the Lord to let me know which one is the best for me.
Favorite memory from your school year so far? Everything about Not So Silent Night was amazing.
Another good memory was the lock-in we had in January. We had a crazy soccer match that night.
Last Words? Have faith and trust God with everything. Sometimes it is easy for us to lose hope and patience, but we have to believe that Jesus is in control of everything, even if it’s a small thing. Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Just for Kicks:
Last good tip somebody gave you: “Don’t let sickness beat you down, have faith because your spirit is stronger than your body.” Spencer De Verteuil
Last set of songs you put on your iPod: ‘Fading West’ album by Switchfoot.
Last show you attended: Hillsong United at Miami in November 2013
Last person you ate breakfast with: Mi hermano (My Brother) Spencer De Verteuil
Last words of inspiration you heard: “You are like a pastor to your friends back home” My dad
Last book you read: The book of Genesis & “Whatever happened to Worship?” By A.W. Tozer
Last promise you made to yourself: I was recently baptized. That’s a promise I made to God and to myself that I will follow Him in everything I do and that I am a new man.
Last time you felt inspired: When I wrote ‘Gloria’ and ‘We Shout it Out’ (2 songs I wrote a few weeks ago).
Last thing you lost: Patience. Haha, Just kidding, I lost my Donatello TMNT keychain
Last song you listened to: “Feel Again” by One Republic
February 4, 2014...1:22 pm
Where are you from? Coral Springs, Florida
Primary Instruments: Vocals
How did the Lord lead you to come to Ocean’s Edge? Well, through middle school and high school, I never really thought college was “for me.” All I ever really enjoyed doing was music and singing. A friend of mine, Kimberly Brown, came to Ocean’s Edge a few years back. I came to Fort Lauderdale to see her play in the OE Christmas show, “Not So Silent Night.” The Lord clearly spoke to me that He wanted me at this school someday. That was my sophomore year. A year later, my family moved to Coral Springs, about 20 minutes from the school.
When I was younger, of course I wanted to be a star. Slowly the Lord began to place different desires in my heart. My dreams went from star to the next “Christy Nockels.” I joined the worship team at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale and later that year went on a missions trip to Uganda. God revealed to me that He desired for me to be in ministry. My love for ministry, worship, missions, and discipleship began to grow and grow.
My senior year, I started praying for the Lord to reveal if Ocean’s Edge was where He wanted me. Doug Farrar, the OE director, started investing in our High School Ministry band. I can’t thank him enough for praying for us and really reaching out to others in order for us to be here.
What’s the number one thing you’ve learned so far being here? When I first joined Ocean’s Edge, my mother was battling with breast cancer. It was a very challenging time for my family and me. I questioned how I could make it through this school year. But God showed me how: By His strength! He gave me the strength each and every day to get through, work hard, be on time, and put all my effort into everything I do. The joy of the Lord has really been my strength. I am stronger now than ever! He has taught me to be ambitious with my goals and desires, to be intentional about who I am investing time into, and who I am discipling. Now, my mother is Cancer free! Praise God!
What advice would you give future students? Future Ocean’s Edge Students: The Lord has you here for a reason! Take the most of every opportunity. It is a blessing from Him. You can choose to grow and be shaped and molded every day. Allow Him to speak to you and reveal new truths to you. Most of all, when times get tough, let the joy of the Lord be your strength! He will bring you through!
What do you hope to do when you graduate? I hope to be in ministry at Calvary Chapel. This is the place that invested so much into me. I would so love to be in ministry here, serving and investing in lives!
Favorite memory from your school year so far? My favorite memory here so far was at Not So Silent Night. We did an altar call for the first time ever at NSSN. We saw lives come to the Lord and I was able to lead the audience in praise, rejoicing and celebrating the new lives that were saved!
Last Words? I am so grateful for Ocean’s Edge and for the staff here. I admire the way they invest their whole lives into ministry and have the joy of the Lord each day. I see the way they seek after the students here and will exhort, encourage, and speak words of wisdom to us daily. This is such an amazing place that the Lord is doing marvelous works in. So blessed to be a part of it!
Just for Kicks:
Last good tip somebody gave you: “Pray for the gifts in the Bible. I would hate to one day find out that I didn’t receive a gift form the Lord because I didn’t ask.” – Jessica Busboom
Last show you attended: Hillsong United in Miami
Last words of inspiration you heard: “Now yells louder, later lasts longer.”- Levi Lusko (02Experience)
Last book you read: The books we have been assigned for class, my Bible, & I just stared a novel a couple weeks back called “Fallen.”
Last promise you made to yourself: That I would be ambitious, intentional, and employable.
Last time you felt inspired: Yesterday, when I signed up to disciple some of the youth worship team students!
Last thing you lost: I can’t remember. Is that bad? haha!
Last song you listened to: Jason is playing this right now: “And If My Heart Should Somehow Stop” by James Vincent McMorrow
January 30, 2014...11:19 am
January 23, 2014...1:53 pm
Where are you from: Aston, Pennsylvania
Primary Instruments: Vocals
How did the Lord lead you to come to Ocean’s Edge? It’s actually a really funny story. I was sure that I was supposed to get a job in the Criminal Justice field. I was all set to go to college when The Lord changed my plans. I had always played music and led worship in the church but God was telling me to set a year aside for him. I only fought the idea for a little bit, but it’s interesting how God’s plans quickly became my desire. So here I am!
What’s the number one thing you walked away with from your first year here? God’s plan doesn’t always look like we want it to, but it is always what is best in the long run.
What advice would you give future students? First, COME! You won’t regret it! You won’t just grow musically but God will teach you so much about communing with him and getting along with others. Second, invest in every aspect of OE. There is so much to be learned in every day life at Ocean’s Edge as long as you keep a humble approach.
You’re now enrolled in the second year program, how’s that going? I love being a second year student! I am learning how to better apply the things I learned in my first year. While learning about music and worship leading, I also get the opportunity ,through practicum, to focus on service production and live sound.
What do you hope to do when you graduate? I would love to be in a touring worship band that engages people with media and other arts.
Favorite memory from your school year: Going to Tallahassee to lead for a youth conference is one of my favorite memories! Going on a road trip with Doug and a band is one of the most interesting things that can happen to a person.
Last Words? Don’t miss what is right in front of you. God has you in this season for a reason, so put twitter and Facebook down and start investing in RIGHT NOW.
Just for Kicks
Last good tip somebody gave you: Renounce self preservation in order to see God work through you.
Last show you attended: Not So Silent Night
Last person you ate breakfast with: Jesse, Matt and Nora
Last words of inspiration you heard: “Pain is a megaphone, not an obstacle” – Levi Lusko
Last book you read: “Sonship” by James Jordan
Last promise you made to yourself: I am not going to be defined by anything but what God says I am.
Last time you felt inspired: I was really inspired after I finished “The War of Art” ( a book about overcoming resistance in your life )
Last thing you lost: I lose my phone on a daily basis.
Last song you listened to: The last song I listened to on my Spotify is “Burn” by Ellie Goulding. Sometimes you just need some electro pop!
January 11, 2014...5:15 pm
Where are you from? Silverdale, Washington-about an hour away from Seattle.
Primary Instrument: Vocals
How did the Lord lead you to come to Ocean’s Edge? I graduated in 2012 and didn’t know what I wanted to do or what The Lord wanted me to do, so I dove all-in serving at my home church, Newlife. I decided to spend 9 months interning there. During those 9 months, I prayed that God would reveal to me what direction He was calling me to. I reached out to one of the worship leaders at Newlife that I really admired and asked her to mentor me in worship leading. Her name is Rachel Middleton, and she was a part of the first class of Ocean’s Edge. I became very close with her and her family. She became like a big sister to me. She shared with me about her year at OE and she encouraged me to apply. I had no idea what God had in store for me but in that moment I felt peace about applying to Ocean’s Edge. I’m so glad I did! I’ve always been interested in worship and using my gift from God to glorify him
What’s the number one thing you’ve learned so far being here? Trust God with everything, there’s a reason for every season.
What advice would you give future students? Go above and beyond with everything you do. Be the person over prepared. Remember to stay patient and humble.
What do you hope to do when you graduate? I hope to go back to my home church, and help plant a campus with them as a worship leader. I would also love a job in ministry whether that be in administration or behind the scenes.
Favorite memory from your school year so far? Definitely Not So Silent Night! Rehearsals, shows and all!
Last Words? Laugh when you can, pray when you can, eat Chipotle when you can.
Just for Kicks:
Last good tip somebody gave you: Stay faithful in the little things and God will reward you!
Last set of songs you put on your iPod: Disney’s Frozen Soundtrack
Last show you attended: Not So Silent Night
Last person you ate breakfast with: The girls in my apartment
Last words of inspiration you heard: “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” -Earl Nightingale
Last book you read: “Persuasions” by Douglas Wilson
Last promise you made to yourself: I’m gonna finish OE as strong as I can!
Last time you felt inspired: Both nights of NSSN, seeing all the people rededicating their lives and accepting Jesus! It definitely inspired me to continue to work hard because what we’re doing matters and is making a difference.
Last thing you lost: My in-ear headphone case
Last song you listened to: “Ships In The Night” By Matt Kearney
January 8, 2014...6:26 pm
After months and months of planning, weeks of building and creating, rehearsals on top of rehearsals on top of rehearsals, prayer, prayer and more prayer…WE MADE IT! Our annual Not So Silent Night was a success and we can’t believe it is already over.
Our amazing staff and awesome class of students came together and created a fun night, celebrating Jesus and what Christmas means to us. Our students not only had two evening shows, but also had the opportunity to lead at Eikon, CCA High School and Middle School chapels and also perform a mini-show for the Calvary Fort Lauderdale Christmas staff meeting.
Visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/oceansedgeschool for more pictures and video from #NSSN13. There you will find media, updates on the school and links to our other social media sites.
We are beyond blessed to be a part of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale. Not So Silent Night 2013 would not have been possible without the hard work of so many people from many ministries within our church. As Ocean’s Edge staff and students, we want to extend our most sincere thanks to those who put in endless hours and worked on our behalf. This event was a testimony of God’s faithfulness and sovereignty. We are forever grateful that He uses us as ministers of who He is and to further His kingdom.
This year’s class is full of great people and awesome talent. We are so proud of all their hard work and dedication. We are in our first week back after the holiday break and only weeks away from our second semester. Please keep our students and staff in your prayers as week move forward in this new year. We are so excited for all that 2014 holds!
November 26, 2013...4:29 pm
We are busy preparing for our annual night of Christmas music and worship! Not So Silent Night will be December 13th (7pm) and 14th (8 pm) in the Calvary Fort Lauderdale Theatre. Click here for tickets!
In addition to enjoying a great performance, you can partner with our Eikon Ministry by donating your loose change to support the vision of planting and developing churches in Peru, Hungary and Global Mission Projects. For info, e-mail Jess@OceansEdgeSchool.com or call 954-556-4301.
October 17, 2013...9:52 pm
One of the many great things that comes from being a school of worship and a ministry of Calvary Fort Lauderdale is that we are blessed with so many different opportunities to serve with different ministries. Within the past month, a lot of our staff and students have had the chance to be involved with several events held by different groups.
Eikon is Calvary Fort Lauderdale’s young adult ministry, bringing together 18-33 year olds from all over South Florida. This ministry meets weekly at the Fort Lauderdale campus, but earlier this year Eikon started doing a special event called ‘Eikon Downtown’. For this one night, Calvary’s Eikon ministry gets to completely take over a downtown club, Revolution.
Some of our staff helped during the months of planning and preparation and then Ocean’s Edge staff and alumni had the opportunity to lead worship…in the club! We saw many give their lives to the Lord that night, got to worship with one another and hear an awesome word from Pastor Billy Venezia. We’re definitely looking forward to the next Eikon Downtown event!
FAU Night Of Worship
Our second year students had the chance to partner with one of Calvary’s college ministries, Calvary FAU for a worship night that took place on Florida Atlantic University’s campus. Our OE crew set up outside at the amphitheater and Calvary FAU provided food, drinks and information for anyone who came by. Even though it had rained most of the day, it didn’t scare people away and the rain subsided for the whole evening. It turned out to be a beautiful evening of worship and testimonies.
A few weeks ago we had our first Artist Show of the year. Zach Yoder, one of our second year artists, was the headlining band for the night. Jason Grillo (first year), Sound Palace (first years, second years and alumni) and WASHA (second year) opened up the show, each playing originals and covers. The organizer of the event, second year student CJ Jolly, also arranged for there to be Starbucks coffee for only $1. A good size crowd came out to support our artists and enjoy the delicious coffee. We’re really proud of all of our artists that performed and are looking forward to hearing more as the year progresses. Make sure to come to our next Artist Night on Tuesday, October 29th at 6:30. It will be held in the HSM Room at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale……and it’s free!
Every few months on a Saturday morning Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale invites everyone to the beach for baptisms. This past Saturday our students and staff were able to go and some even got baptized. To be there in support and watch hundreds of people make a decision to take a step further into their relationship with Christ is an awesome thing. We are so happy and excited for those who decided to get baptized. If you want more information on baptism at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale check out their website.
September 24, 2013...10:56 am
We interviewed one of our second year students, Jesse Lopedito. To find out more about his experiences throughout his first year and take a look into his second year here at Ocean’s Edge.
Where are you from? Seminole, Florida
Primary Instruments: Vocals
How did the Lord bring you to come to Ocean’s Edge? Through a desire for worship and the dream of being a worship leader.
What’s the number one thing you walked away with from your first year here? A life of humility effects more than leading the masses.
What was your summer internship here with the Children’s Ministry at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale like? It was great! The Lord taught me so many things and it was an honor to be a part of such a flourishing ministry in which the kids get awesome worship, sound teaching, and it is all done with excellence.
You’re now enrolled in the second year program, how’s that going? Second year is insaaane! I am by far the busiest I have ever been, but I love every second of it.
What do you hope to do when you graduate? I hope to move to Texas, get a worship leader job and get married!
Favorite memory from your school year? When Daniel put dishsoap in the dishwasher and flooded out kitchen, twice. When Dwight and Jordan decided to joust with huge beach balls and smacked faces.
Last Words? Do it all in humility and with a servant like attitude!
Just for Kicks:
Last good tip somebody gave you: “You can be a great! You just have to choose to walk in it.”
Last set of songs you put on your iPod: Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale audition songs
Last show you attended: TimeFlies
Last person you ate breakfast with: My whole apartment
Last words of inspiration you heard: “The Lord is a wall of fire around you, and Glory in your midst.”
Last book you read: Nehemiah
Last promise you made to yourself: Walk in a manner worthy of your calling
Last time you felt inspired: Yesterday while hearing a friend’s testimony
Last thing you lost: My phone… everyday of my life
Last song you listened to: Alive by Hillsong Young and Free
September 17, 2013...4:21 pm
Eikon is a ministry of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale for 18-33 year olds. They meet Wednesday nights at 8:30 pm. A ton of our staff and alumni lead the Eikon band and most of our students are involved with this service. This Wednesday, they have the awesome opportunity to have their service at Revolution Live downtown Fort Lauderdale for the second time. We hope to see you there!