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.
Becky was born and raised in Sumter, South Carolina. She graduated from Sumter High School in 1993 and became employed immediately. She worked and lived in Columbia for 10 years before returning to Sumter. In 2003, she married the love of her life, Robby. At that time she was blessed with a beautiful step-daughter, Anna. Becky worked as secretary for the Assistant City Manager of Sumter for six years. In 2006 we were blessed with an amazing baby boy, Andrew. In 2011, Robby took a position with Edward Jones, which gave them the opportunity, and a leap of faith, to move to the beach. Robby was invited by three different people to attend Ocean Drive. The first Sunday they attended they both felt like they were “home.” They began attending every Sunday and love it. Becky applied for the advertised job of receptionist and secretary at the church and became part of the staff in 2011. Becky says “I love my job and look forward to many years with our 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 ODPC Director of Music. They have a son Brandon, a daughter Kristin and five 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.
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!”
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. Ethan and his wife Diane moved to South Carolina from central New England in early December 2013.
He previously served at Grace Chapel in Lexington Massachusetts, an evangelical church of 7,000 people with multiple campus locations serving the greater metropolitan Boston area. Ethan brings an extensive background and practical experience in technical ministry including audio, video, lighting, web streaming and other internet technologies.
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, and is Chairman of several Board committees. He is also a former high-tech CEO having started several successful high technology businesses, and also co-owned Boston’s largest music recording studio with his son Todd.
He enjoys antique British cars, astronomy and ham radio. He is a licensed private pilot, holds a 100 ton Coast Guard Captains license and is an avid sailor.
“I am blessed to be part of a church like Ocean Drive that remains focused on scripture and the person and work of Jesus Christ!”
Lisa is a graduate of USC and a native of Columbia SC. After more than twenty years working in medical reimbursement, and 30 years as a wife and Mom, Lisa has come to Myrtle Beach to help her parents who suffered some health issues after relocating to SC last winter. Being able to come to the beach and help her folks has been a great gift to Lisa and she feels especially blessed to have been hired to share the church office receptionist job in November, 2013. In this role she can meet many new people, and feels a sense of community in the church and belonging in a greater work. As a bonus, job sharing affords her the opportunity to go home to her husband and family in West Columbia and catch up on matters of home as often as possible. “Everyone here is working for something GOOD and I am happy to be a member of this hard-working, happy church family!”