On July 29, 2010, the Pastor Nominating Committee received a letter from Pastor Bush, stating that he had read our Church Information Form and was most impressed on our views as an evangelical, PCUSA church. After the Pastor Nominating Committee worked their way through 88 Pastor Information Forms, the vote was unanimous to call Pastor Daryle Bush. His first sermon at Ocean Drive was February 6, 2011. We love Pastor Daryle and his family. The rest is history. He received his Bachelor Degree from Baylor University, Waco, TX, and his M. Div. degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. Prior to coming to North Myrtle Beach, he served churches in England; Greenville, SC; Clearwater, FL; and Salinas, California.
Nikki Smith is the Executive Assistant to Pastor Daryle Bush. Born and raised in the area, Nikki is blessed to be the mother of 3 great kids, Trenton, Ariel, and Isabel. She loves to spend time with her family and friends. Nikki also enjoys reading, cooking, singing, movies, and volunteering. She joined our staff in July of 2015 and is loving being a part of her new church family!
Kathy graduated in 1965 from the Union Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Baltimore, MD. She and her husband Bill moved to South Carolina in 1991. When they came to Myrtle Beach, Kathy served as the Director of Operations for Home Instead Senior Care in Horry and Georgetown Counties. Her nursing career has been in the home health care field. She tells people it took God 45 years to place her where He wanted her to be, at Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church. She joined the staff in 2004. What a blessing Kathy is to those of our congregation with health issues.
Karen is a proud PK – preacher’s kid – who grew up in Conway SC. She is a graduate of USC-Coastal Carolina (BA Early Childhood Education) and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Masters in Church Music). She and her husband Bob lived in Cincinnati Ohio for 27 years, where she was the Director of Day Care for the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. Karen also served there as an Interim Director of Music. Pursuing of her passion of music, theatre and working with children, Karen acted and directed in The East Side Players community theatre group for over ten years. In 2007 Bob and Karen moved to Little River SC and Karen was hired in 2008 as the Director of Music for Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church. They have a son Brandon, a daughter Kristin and six grandsons who love to visit their Granny and Poppy at the beach.
Kelly graduated from Appalachian State University and went on to a career in New York and Los Angeles as a professional actor/singer. She has co-starred in National television shows, commercials and movies including leading roles on General Hospital, One Tree Hill, and Dawson’s Creek. Kelly’s professional theatre credits include leading roles in Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical, The King and I, Victor/Victoria, and Grease as well as locally being in the Alabama Theatre show for three years. A member of Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church since 1998, Kelly joined the staff as Worship Leader in 2005 and also served as Access Youth Director from 2010-2013. Kelly feels blessed beyond measure to lead worship every Sunday alongside a team of God loving, dedicated, super talented musicians and vocalists. In addition, the Lord has led Kelly to seminary and she is currently taking classes at Knox Theological Seminary toward her Masters degree. For Kelly, serving God’s church is a “returning to her first love” and she is incredibly thankful that throughout all her wanderings God’s grace never let her go! Kelly is married to musician Bobby Gabriele and they have a 15 year old son, Nicky. “Being a professional actor and performer is wonderful, but I count it all loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord!” (Philippians 3:8)
Michelle Estep currently lives in Cherry Grove with her husband of 20 years, Scott, and children Anderson, Bailey and Claire. She is currently working to complete her BS in Psychology and subsequent MS in Psychology for Christian Family Counseling because she believes that God has called her to be a counselor for children and families.
Michelle has worked in children’s ministry for more than 20 years as a Sunday school teacher, music teacher, worship leader, camp counselor, vacation bible school leader, and good news club bible teacher.
Abbi is an artist, teacher and photographer. We are proud to announce that she was recently awarded as Grand Strand Art’s July Artist of the Month. She also enjoys cooking, reading and music.
Cindy was born in Farmville, Virginia. After graduating from Longwood University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, she moved to Charlottesville Virginia where she worked as an Auditor. She married the love of her life, Buddy, in January 1989 and moved to Fairfax, VA. There she worked for George Mason University as an Internal Auditor. Cindy and Buddy moved to the beach in 1994. They are the proud parents of two sons, Trey and Cory. The family started attending Ocean Drive in 1998. Many years ago, Cindy even worked at the church as a teacher’s assistant at Westminster Preschool. Cindy joined the Ocean Drive staff in 2012 and is responsible for the finances of the Church. “I truly feel that God lead me to this Church many years ago, I feel very blessed to be a part of such a wonderful family!”
Mary Gail enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as well as her dog. She likes to travel, go to the beach, boating, volunteering, music, concerts and dancing.
Betsy was born a “shore girl” from Maryland, attended college at University of South Carolina and married a “southern boy” from Camden, SC. There they raised two sons, Brett and Andrew and with her degrees as an educator taught for forty years, working with first graders to college students. After retirement, she moved to Little River, SC and joined ODPC to become a member of staff in January 2013. She enjoys being a “BEBE” for two grandsons, traveling, entertaining friends, the arts and to dance. “Being welcomed and graciously gathered into this Church community has truly been a blessing and a journey of faithfulness.”
Karen was born in Pittsburgh, PA. and grew up there. Church, Sunday School, and Youth groups, were a large part of her younger life. She graduated from Point Park College, in Pittsburgh, with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She taught elementary school for eleven years. Karen and her husband, George, moved to Little River and joined Ocean Drive in 1995. She has always had a love for children and in 2000 she became the Director of Westminster Preschool and teacher to the four year olds. Westminster Preschool has a GREAT reputation in North Myrtle Beach.
Ethan Harris is ODPC’s Media Director. Check out the Media and Tech Arts web page! Ethan and his wife Diane moved to South Carolina from central New England in 2013 to lead Ocean Drive’s Tech ministry. Previously he served at Grace Chapel in Lexington Massachusetts, the largest evangelical, nondenominational church serving the greater Boston metropolitan area, with 7,000 people and multiple campus locations. Ethan brings an extensive background and practical experience in technical arts ministry including audio, video, lighting, projection, web streaming, film making, media, graphics, internet technologies, team building and executive management.
Ethan is passionate about preparing future generations of Christian leaders during their secondary education years. He serves as a Trustee of The Stony Brook School, one of the nation’s leading Christian college preparatory schools. He is also a former high-tech serial entrepreneur and CEO and co-founded several successful high-tech businesses. With his son Todd, he also started Boston’s largest music recording studio, rated as one of the nation’s top 10 recording studios. Ethan is an audiophile, and enjoys antique British cars, astronomy and is a General Class ham radio operator. He is a licensed private pilot, holds a 100 ton US Coast Guard Captains license and is an avid offshore blue water sailor. “I am blessed to be part of a church like Ocean Drive that is focused on the gospel by sharing the person and work of Jesus Christ as revealed in Scripture!”