Meet The Staff

Alex Ortiz

High School Ministry Worship Leader

 

Christopher Jones

Production Assistant

 

Drew Eales

East Boca Campus Worship Leader

 
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Jay Alves

Hollywood Campus Worship Leader

 

Scotty Bemis

Resources Ministry Assistant

 

Zach Reynolds

Boynton Beach Campus Worship Leader

Andrew Wooddell   

Worship Pastor/Executive Director of Ocean's Edge School of Worship

 

Debbie Schneider

Resources Assistant/Social Media Coordinator 

 

Jessica Busboom

Eikon Worship Leader/Director of Ocean's Edge School of Worship

 

Matt Rodriguez

Midtown Campus Worship Leader

 

Troy Nishizaki

West Boca Campus Worship Leader

 

Bobby Bemis

Fort Lauderdale Campus Worship Leader

 

Denise Shantz

Administrative Assistant

 

Janette Planell

North Lauderdale Worship Leader

 

Meghan Fryer

Middle School Ministry Worship Leader

 

Vagner Lage

Plantation Campus Worship Leader

 

Alex Ortiz – High School Ministry Worship Leader

Alex Ortiz is probably one of the kindest people you will ever meet. Silly, lighthearted, and always looking to lend a helping hand, Alex brings tremendous energy to our team. He is a homegrown leader who has been attending Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale for most of his life. After completing one year at Ocean’s Edge School of Worship, he came on staff in Fall 2014. Alex plays drums, leads our High School Ministry (HSM) bands, and helps with CCA chapel.

 

Andrew Wooddell – Worship Pastor/Executive Director of Ocean's Edge School of Worship

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

 

Bobby Bemis – Fort Lauderdale Campus Worship Leader

Outgoing, resilient, and full of joy, Bobby is a gifted communicator and worship leader who has been attending Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale with his family since he was a child. He leads worship at the Fort Lauderdale campus and Eikon, and oversees youth worship. 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 - Production Assistant

An OE graduate and Florida native, Chris is an exceptional musician and plays just about any instrument you can think of. He is incredibly driven, talented, passionate, and creative - a rare combo! Chris has been serving on staff since July 2016 helping to make our song ideas come to life, as well as teaching production classes at Ocean's Edge. With a passion for music and ministry, he enjoys finding new ways to worship the Lord with excellence.

 

Debbie Schneider - Resources Ministry Assistant

Sweet, hard-working, sassy, and hilarious, there's never a dull moment with Debbie. She knows how to get things done and have a blast doing it. Debbie leads worship at our campuses, assists in creating resources for our volunteers, and also teaches at Ocean's Edge as a voice and music theory teacher. In 2013, she graduated with her B.A. from FAU in Music and Jewish Studies, and has been serving on staff since July 2016.

 

Denise Shantz - Administrative Assistant

Denise has served the church for many years in many capacities. She is our Administrative Assistant; there is not an Excel spreadsheet that she could not conquer. Denise keeps us organized and helps us to accomplish our responsibilities in a timely manner - she's our office mom! She also has the ability to make everyone feel special and loved, a gift that blesses many.

 

Drew Eales - East Boca Campus Worship 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 in 2008 and joined our staff in February 2014 to be a campus worship leader. This man loves his wife, hockey, Big Macs, and quality coffee.

 

Janette Planell - North Lauderdale Campus Worship Leader

Janette has been leading worship for 10+ years for many different minisries and all over the world. She's been a part of the Calvary community since 1998 and has put many years of love and service into Celebrate Recovery, a support group at Calvary for those struggling with addictions and strongholds. Now Janette pours into the community at our North Lauderdale campus and is faithfully investing in worship leaders there. She is marked by her willingness to serve wherever the Lord sends her.

 
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Jay Alves - Hollywood Campus Worship Leader

Born in Brazil and raised in Boston, Jay's capacity to love people is immeasurable. He's been leading worship since he was 15 years old, is almost completely self-taught, and is incredibly gifted. He has two beautiful daughters and a very talented wife, Jasmin, who serves with him almost every weekend. In his spare time he loves reading comics or designing new synth sounds.

 

Jessica Busboom - Eikon Worship Leader/Director of Ocean's Edge School of Worship

Here is a woman who adds a bit of wonder to everything. Jessica leads worship for Eikon, a college and post-college community. She graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor's degree in Jazz and Studio Music and has been leading worship at Calvary Chapel since 2003. Jessica is also the Director at Ocean's Edge School of Worship and plays a huge part in making the community at the college the family that it is. She is a songwriter, teacher, creative genius, intercessor and mother to many.

 

Matt Rodriguez - Midtown Campus Worship Leader

You will always find this guy with a cup of coffee in hand. Matt is the worship leader at Calvary Chapel Midtown, a satellite campus in Wilton Manors. He is an administrative genius; he seems to thrive on responsibilities. Matt earned his Associate Degree in Music and attended Ocean’s Edge School of Worship for two years before coming on staff in 20ll. He plays keyboard and teaches Charting and Music Theory at Ocean’s Edge.

 

Meghan Fryer - Middle School Ministry Worship Leader

Meghan is dedicated to investing in the next generation. She leads worship for the middle school ministry, six78, and is constantly mentoring students, planning events, and connecting with parents. Meghan moved from Colorado Springs to complete two years at Ocean’s Edge School of Worship and joined our staff shortly afterward in June 2013. She is devoted to seeing young kids come to know the fullness of Christ's love. Meghan sings, plays keyboard, and also assists with CCA chapel services.

 

Nia Hendricks - Social Media Coordinator

Nia grew up going to church and singing at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale. After attending Ocean’s Edge School of Worship for two years, she joined the worship staff in June 2013. Nia is an extremely gifted songwriter, an anointed worship leader, and a loyal friend. Although she and her husband now live in Chicago, she has continued to manage all of our social platforms and web content. She loves telling our story.

 

Scotty Bemis – Resources Ministry Assistant

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 attended two years of Ocean’s Edge and came on staff shortly after in 2015. 

 

Troy Nishizaki - West Boca Campus Worship Leader

Troy was born and raised in south Florida and came on staff in November 2016. He has served at a few churches in the area as a worship leader before the Lord called him to Calvary to be our West Boca Campus Worship Leader. He is full of compassion and kindness to everyone he meets, and has a true servant's heart. Nothing is beneath him - he'll do anything to lend a hand. Troy is currently pursuing his BA in Business Management at FAU and enjoys photography, design, and craft coffee.

 

Vagner Lage – Plantation Campus Worship Leader

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

 

Zachary Reynolds – Boynton Beach Campus Worship Leader

Zach grew up attending the Boynton Beach campus of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale before it was a campus, and was an assistant worship leader there all throughout high school. After attending FAU and Ocean's Edge, things came full-circle when Zach came on staff in September 2013 to lead worship at the same church he grew up in. He teaches Worship Leadership at Ocean's Edge and is incredibly patient, kind, and loving.