Staff

At Ocean’s Edge School of Worship, you’ll be taught by musicians, mentors and ministers with real world experience, Christian integrity, and a heart for investing in others. Our staff, adjunct faculty, guest artists, and speakers bring their professional experience and knowledge of equipment, production, technology, leadership, ministry and performance into the school where you can learn from it. Because the staff is continuing their own pursuits as artists, they bring current and relative trends, as well as “tried and true” techniques for success, right into the classroom.

The staff consists of a core group of administrators, teachers, and mentors, but we also supplement instruction by using additional adjunct staff. These additional staff members allow us to provide students with the best possible instruction by providing a variety of teachers who are experts in their respective areas.

Andrew WooDdell

EXECUTIVE Director & OVERSEER OF WORSHIP MINISTRies

Andrew serves as the head of the Worship Ministry department at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale and the Executive Director of Ocean's Edge School of Worship. He has been committed to serving the Calvary Chapel Plantation and Fort Lauderdale campuses since 2003. Andrew grew up in a small town in West Virginia, attended Liberty University and graduated with a Master's in Worship Studies at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary before venturing to south Florida. More than anything, he loves being a husband and father to his wife Chrissy and their two beautiful children, Jadon and Madeline.

 

Jessica Busboom

Director

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Here is a woman who adds a bit of wonder to everything. As the Director at the school, Jessica plays a huge part in shaping the culture, providing vision, and discipling the students. She is often casting creative vision, and shepherding the students to seek Jesus in the midst of their day to day practicalities and classes. Jessica graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz and Studio Music and has been leading worship at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale for 10+ years. She is the worship leader for Eikon, a college and post-college ministry of Calvary. She is a songwriter, creative genius, intercessor, and leader to many. Jessica is married to Todd, who lets us host a bunch of parties at their awesome house.

 

Jessica Buikema

MARKETING COORDINATOR

If you’ve ever given us a call, you’ve probably had a conversation with Jessica Buikema.  Because there are two Jessica’s, she is affectionately referred to as “Bookie” (Boo-key). She has been at Ocean’s Edge since the very beginning; her heart is in the school and to see the students grow in Christ. She does more than answer emails; Jessica also leads worship, small groups, and project management within the school. She hustles and is always making herself available to help people find their way.

 

JULIANA Kotrady

ADMISSIONS COORDINATOR

Juliana started working at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale in 2007. She came on to join the Ocean’s Edge team in 2015 as the Admissions Coordinator. She is your go-to for applications, housing, financing and anything else you may need to know. Our girl knows all things Calvary and will always point you in the right direction. She claims to not be musical at all but we’ve all heard her sing along to her favorite tunes when she thinks no one is listening. Juliana is married to Jeff who is the Local Outreach Director here at Calvary.  In September 2016, they welcomed their first son, Timothy!

 

Matt Rodriguez

Residential Director, Theory, ear training, small group leader

 

With a cup of coffee always on hand, Matt is the man living in the trenches of discipleship with our students. He thrives on building the community and facilitates functions and events at the Ocean’s Edge apartments. Matt is also the worship leader for Calvary’s newest campus addition, Calvary Chapel Midtown. Matt earned his Associate's Degree in Music and attended Ocean’s Edge for two years before coming on staff in 2011. He plays keyboard and teaches Music Theory and Charting.

 

Bobby Bemis

acts, epistles, Small Group Leader

Outgoing, resilient and upbeat, Bobby is a gifted communicator and worship leader who has been attending Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale with his family since he was a baby. As a result, he has a deep concern and dedication for the younger generations. Bobby teaches our second year Acts and Epistles classes and also leads a small group. He leads worship at the Fort Lauderdale campus and Eikon, and oversees youth worship ministries at Calvary. He graduated in May 2015 from Trinity International University with his B.A. in Psychology. Bobby is regularly making himself available to people and always encouraging them to look to Christ.

 

Christopher Jones

ADVANCED ABLETON

This OE graduate and Florida native is an exceptional musician and plays just about any instrument you can think of. With a passion for music and ministry, Chris enjoys finding new ways to worship the Lord with excellence and techniques to enhance the worship environment. Because Chris has witnessed firsthand the impact that the Lord has done in his own life through OE, he delights in getting to see the students grow spiritually and learn to walk in the identity and calling that God has placed on their lives. 

 

Dan Lowenberg

Performance Track & Guitar LAB

Dan is one of the best electric guitar players we know with the driest sense of humor. He made his way from New Jersey to attend Ocean’s Edge for two years, then in 2012 he joined our staff. Dan spearheads the Performance Track and teaches guitar lessons. Dan is an experienced musician and has a genuine love for music, from European power metal to Motown to Classic Rock.

 

Debbie Schneider

VOCAL LAB, THEORY

If you’ve ever met Debbie, you know that she absolutely lights up any room she walks into. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Inter Disciplinary Studies in Music and Jewish Studies from Florida Atlantic University, you can find this driven and incredibly talented woman teaching voice lessons, Vocal Labs and Music Theory. Debbie has a huge passion for using her musical gifts to serve the Lord and loves getting to witness how student’s lives are changed year after year as they learn more about themselves and grow in their love for Jesus. Outside of the classroom, Debbie actively invests in the students through the mentorship program and works with housing as the RA for the girls’ apartments. We are so thankful for the key roles that Debbie plays within our team and the impact she continually leaves on all those that she meets! 

 

Denise Trio

Biblical Counseling 2

Denise graduated from Ocean’s Edge in 2011 and began working for the school a year later. With a Master’s of Arts in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University, she teaches Biblical Counseling and helps develop the school’s Mentorship Program. She is passionate about seeing lives transformed by the power of God’s Word.

 

Drew Eales

Second Year Practicum Overseer, Band Lab, Ensemble Coach, Small Group Leader

You’ll never meet a human more full of joy than Drew Eales. He can play virtually any instrument, but his greatest gift is his ability to connect with people and inspire them with the joy of knowing Jesus Christ.  He’s a bridge builder.  Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Drew attended Ocean’s Edge School of Worship in 2008 and hasn’t left the sunshine state since.  He joined our staff in February 2014 to lead worship at our Boca Campus.  This man loves hockey, Big Macs, and quality coffee. We love him and his wife Allysar! 

 

 

Earl Mergelsberg

GUITAR INSTRUCTOR

Earl studied Music in Miami Dade Community College and attended a school of worship in Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, California.  Earl, his wife, and their twin boys felt the Lord calling them to Florida. He has been serving on the worship team at our Calvary Chapel Platation Campus for over 2 years.  He’s been playing guitar for over 25 years now, and there’s nothing he’d rather be doing than hanging with his little guys and sharing his passion for music with people the Lord puts in his path.  He is one of our guitar instructors here at Ocean’s Edge, and we’re so lucky to have him on our team.

 

Evan Rizzo

Bass Lab

Evan oversees our Bass Studio and teaches private lessons to our students and workshops at Calvary Chapel.  Our church would not be the same without this guy.  He has a huge heart for the community and works tirelessly to serve others.  Evan works for the Plantation campus Facilities department and you can find him at many of our satellite campuses playing on the weekends.  He is an amazing musician and we are so thankful he’s part of our OE family.

 

 

 

Frank Bolla

Drum Lab

Frank Bolla, what a guy! He is an extremely talented drummer and we love to watch him worship with everything he’s got. Frank attended Ocean’s Edge in 2011. After graduation, he continued playing at the Calvary Chapel campuses and began training our drum students. Eventually he took on the Drum Studio and is a beloved teacher and discipler here. Frank is just good. You want to be around him and you definitely want him playing in your band.

 

Jennie Reynolds

Artist Track

Jennie Reynolds is brilliant; a master songwriter with a beautifully creative mind, we are so blessed to have her overseeing our Artist Track. Jennie first came to OE as student from England in 2008. After graduation she returned home to Europe and the Lord’s gifts continue to unfold in her life. In 2010, she was brought back to lead the Artist Track and develop songwriters at the school. Jennie is an excellent teacher, caring about each student’s future and the path God has set before them.

 

Mike Rust

APOLOGETICS

Family Ministry Pastor at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale’s satellite campus in Boca Raton, Mike is dedicated to helping the next generation of Christian leaders know their faith and know the Word of God. Mike teaches Apologetics and Christian Doctrine classes. He has been on staff at the school since the very first graduating class in 2005.

 

Myriah Jones

Vocal Lab

A proud OE alumni hailing from Kansas, Myriah graduated from Ocean’s Edge in 2009.  She stuck around the Fort Lauderdale area, remained heavily involved in our worship community, and began training to be a vocal teacher. She has now been teaching private vocal lessons at OE for 3+ years and oversees the Vocal Studio. You won’t meet a bigger encourager or a kinder soul.

 

Scotty Bemis

Ableton, Ensemble coach 

A keyboard, Ableton and analytical genius, Scotty Bemis is a perfect combination of creativity and execution. He is also very kind. Scotty organizes, creates and distributes tangible resources like charts, mp3s and loops to equip our worship leaders and team members for multiple weekly church services. He grew up attending Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale and has been playing and leading worship since 2007. Scotty graduated from Ocean’s Edge in 2014 and came on staff shortly after. 

 

 

Sheri Garlock

Piano Lab

Sheri Garlock felt the call to be involved with Ocean’s Edge School of Worship when she first heard the ministry being announced in 2006.  She is a phenomenal piano instructor with an A.A. degree from Northwest Florida State College, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Florida Atlantic University, and has additional graduate level courses in Private Piano Study, Piano Literature, and Piano Pedagogy.  Sheri runs a full-time studio out of her home and instills her love of music into each student she has the privilege of teaching.

 

Vagner Lage

Worship Leading, Ensemble Coach

Vagner was born in Curitiba, Brazil and moved to Tampa, Florida when he was child. He graduated in 2015 from Southeastern University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Ministerial Leadership and brought his gifts, heart for worship, and lovely wife to Fort Lauderdale to join our staff in October 2015 as the Plantation Campus Worship Leader. Vagner leads with passion and loves creating an atmosphere in worship that empowers people to meet with God. 

 

Zach Reynolds

Worship Track, Worship Lab

 

Zach came on staff after attending FAU and Ocean’s Edge School of Worship in September 2013. He leads the Worship Track and facilitates Worship Lab.

Brilliant and sincere, he’s quick to encourage or to make you laugh with his dry humor. He leads worship at the Calvary Chapel Boynton Beach campus, plays guitar and is a gifted songwriter.

Allysar Eales

SMALL GROUP LEADER

 

Allysar is a writer and editor working for the Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale Communications department. She graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in journalism and communications; written words are her sweet spot. She is often a source of inspiration and encouragement to many.  Allysar and her husband Drew Eales are a dynamic duo leading small groups and mentoring students.

Carolyn Maier

SMALL GROUP LEADER

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Carolyn is the Creative Director for Calvary Chapel’s Middle School Ministry, Six78. She and her husband Ty work together as talented filmmakers, photographers and content curators. Together, they lead small groups. Carolyn loves exploring and sharing with others the beauty she finds.

 

Ty Maier

SMALL GROUP LEADER

Ty is the Creative Director for Calvary Chapel’s High School Ministry. He and his wife Carolyn work together as talented filmmakers, photographers and content curators. They are proud OE alumni of the class of 2009 and, together, they lead small groups. Ty has a myriad of side-splitting stories to tell and is an encourager to many.