Pastor Cole and his family came to the Chapel in February 2020. He served in pastoral ministry for 10 years in the D.C area prior moving to Florida. Pastor Cole and his wife Christina have 3 children, Drew, Elsie Lynn, and Grayson.
Jonathan has been living in the area since 2010. He moved here to help create what is now Ohana Institute. Jonathan is the founder of the music program at the school called Ohana Records. He was called to be the worship leader of Chapel at the Beach in 2015. Jonathan started leading worship while at Palm Beach Atlantic University back in 2000. He was the worship leader for the college ministry at Family Church in West Palm Beach for three years and also led worship at Woodstock Church for two years. While in college, Jonathan spent three summers working children and youth camps called Centrikid and M-Fuge. Both of those camps are apart of LifeWay ministry. Jonathan has also led and been on numerous mission trip around the world. After college, Jonathan joined a country rock band with his brothers and was signed to Atlantic Records from 2006-2009. His passion has always been working with youth and music, and that is what brought Jonathan to Ohana Institute as well as Chapel at The Beach. Jonathan’s wife Christine is a local photographer who joins him in leading our youth ministry. They have two children, Rosalyn and Benjamin. Jonathan’s other interest include fishing, gardening, camping, kayaking and golfing.
Stryder and his wife, Sarah, are recent transplants to the Panhandle having moved here in July 2021. They were first attracted to the area in 2019 and after a summer vacation in 2020 committed to prayer that God would open a door for Stryder and Sarah to move to the area. Stryder works as a history teacher at Ohana Institute where he pursues his passion for both people and history. Before teaching, Stryder worked as a corporate leadership trainer where he traveled the continental United States with Sarah. He was fortunate enough to do what he loved with people he enjoyed. It was after Stryder graduated from Liberty University with his master’s degree in 2018 that he began pursuing teaching. Stryder has a passion for education and loving on people, he has always viewed teaching as a ministry opportunity.
Having not grown up in a Christian household he faced a lot of uncertainties and insecurities from a young age that contributed to many struggles into teenage and young adult years. He was saved by the grace of God on a missions trip in ninth grade. It would take a few years for Stryder to fully understand the work God wanted to do in his life but he has always held to the truth that it is how one finishes, not whether he starts strong. He is encouraged by Paul’s words to Timothy in Second Timothy 4:7-8. Based on Stryder’s own childhood struggles he understands how important it is for children to receive solid biblical doctrine and for parents to be equipped to lead their children into the gracious arms of the Father. It is this desire and passion that brought Stryder to pursue this ministry opportunity.
Stryder is grateful to have his wife by his side as well as their two girls, Colette and Norah. When he is not working he can be found at the beach with the family, traveling, reading, watching his beloved Baltimore Orioles or camping. Stryder loves being a husband and father first, and considers it his greatest callings.
Stryder’s favorite verse is Ephesians 4:1-3: I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with long-suffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Casey moved to the area in 2007 from Alabama. She and her husband, Bryan, quickly became involved with The Chapel at the Beach. Her role consists of accounting, website and social media management, and organizing anything required behind the scenes. Casey likes to stay busy as a local business owner and helping in any way at the Chapel. They have two daughters, Draven and Kylie and a son in law, Nick.
Jon and Denise moved from Tallahassee, Florida in 2014 to live full time in Watersound Origins. Jon, originally from Massachusetts, came to Florida in 1983 to attend FSU and received his doctorate in marine ecology in 1987. He went to work for a private consulting firm providing environmental consulting services and continues to work for state and federal governments, private industry, and military clients providing environmental
and permitting consulting services throughout the US.
Jon came to know Jesus late in life but was active in each church they attended. They were active in youth ministry for 10 years and Jon was the lay leader for missions work leading teams to serve alongside missionaries in eastern Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and central America. He served as an elder several times and successfully oversaw the construction of new church space at the last church they attended in Tallahassee. Jon and Denise have two sons and two granddaughters and one grandson.
Ted and his wife, Karen, have attended the chapel since 2008. Through the chapel's heart for missions, Ted connected with Global Effect, where he serves on the board and travels to the Dominican Republic on mission trips several times a year. Ted has been in the boating industry for 35 years and owns several small businesses on the beach. He and Karen enjoy hosting a weekly study in their home.
Jon moved from Atlanta 16 years ago and has been involved with the Chapel since 2007. He has served on the Leadership Team for several years. He and his wife, Claire, have two sons, Mason & Christopher.
Fortunate and blessed to be married to Lisa Reynolds for over 30 years. Lisa and I have lived in the Memphis and North Mississippi (Southaven) area all of our lives. We started attending Chapel seven years ago during visits. After accepting a position with a local family owned business we moved to the area full time a little over 3 years ago.
I accepted Christ at an early age however I stopped ignoring Him while trying to impress Lisa by showing up at her church. It took me two weeks to find her (it was a big church).
By God's grace Lisa and I are parents of 6 grown children, 3 boys + 3 girls and 5 grandchildren (with another on the way). We have both served as caretakers for babies and toddlers, Sunday school teachers for youth and lead small groups. At our last church I served on the Pastoral search committee and as part of the Leadership Team.
Parker recently retired from a management career in both the public and private sectors. He has been married to Sheri for 30 years and they have two daughters, Britini and Hannah, a son in law Dale, and a grandson Andrew. They became part time residents of 30a and started attending the Chapel in 2015 and moved here permanently in January 2020. Prior to their etirement to the beach, they lived and worked in Tallahassee and were members of Killearn United Methodist Church for over 20 years. While attending KUMC, he served as a leader in the Men’s Ministry and was a Ministry Leader for Celebrate Recovery for 11 years.
Tom and his wife Joan returned to Florida following a 38 year career in the retirement service industry that took them to Dallas, Boston and Atlanta. They grew up in the Jacksonville area, however, after vacationing here for 10+ years, they fell in love with the beaches and beauty of the area and this is now their home! The Chapel quickly became their church home and they love the mission focus and wonderful people who have become family!
They have a heart for family focused short term missions and small groups where community is formed and nurtured. While in Boston Tom and Joan attended Grace Chapel in Lexington where they served in short term missions and Tom was very involved in Men’s Ministry. In Atlanta they attended NorthPoint Community Church where they served in short term missions, lead starting point groups and were small group leaders. Following NorthPoint they attended Passion City prior to making their move to 30A.
Tom and Joan host a small group that meets in their home and Joan plays the keyboard in the worship band. Tom is now a realtor and Joan teaches piano which has always been her passion.
They have been married for 43 years and have been blessed with two beautiful daughters, 2 wonderful son in laws and 5 precious grandchildren!
Tom became a believer in Jesus Christ at the age of 36. The journey has been exciting and he looks forward to continuing to run the race!