Our People

Rev. Chris Johnson

Reverend Christopher Johnson originated the concept for Church Divine and serves as it’s ecclesiastical leader.  

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Sylvia Massy

Pastor Sylvia Massy, co-founder and the Minister of International Outreach of Church Divine, is also an entrepreneur, record producer, mixer, sonic architect, author and artist.

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Penny Zea

Penny is an ordained Minister of the Church. She is our local outreach minister and maintains our social media. Penny volunteers at the Church.

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Ivan Handwerk

I am a programer, engineer, and I also mix.  I have production experience as a music producer for soundtracks, scores, and film. I mixed the Fight for Space movie with Ron Jones, composer for Family Guy Tv show, mixed the Star Trek 50th Anniversary CD and I worked on Far From Alaska’s album with Sylvia […]

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Ian Rousseau

I am an engineer and musician. I’ve been running live sound at my home church, River Valley in Grants Pass for a few years. I desire that my work and all I do, will benefit others. Since playing instruments as a child (guitar, piano, among others), I loved being creative and making music. Putting flesh […]

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Adey Bell

I am a pianist, vocalist, composer. My specialty as a musician and healer is in the realm of the psyche- I observe and study the archetypes and stories behind our actions and manifestations. My live performance, a journey to the Otherworld and back, is designed to transport listeners to an oasis for the soul. For […]

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Amy Harrington

I am a singer with a varied history of performing in bands. 1979-1981: The Pigeons 5 pc Garage Band – Classic 60’s and 70’s Rock & Roll (Doors, Mama’s and the Pappas, Jefferson Airplane) Lead Harmony Vocals/Tambourine 1980-1982: Ariel Burial 4 pc Garage Hard Rock Band – Originals/70’s and 80’s Hard Rock Classics Lead Vocals […]

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Bob Evoniuk

I am a strong vocalist, lap-steel, Dobro and guitar player, who revels in having an eclectic musical career. From Rock and Roll to Americana, Blues to Bluegrass, my rule of thumb has been “if it sounds good, it is good”. I have shared the stage with such musical icons as Linda Ronstadt, Willie Nelson, Bill […]

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Bob Jackson Miner

Some back story… Got Lucky – In my early twenties I became friends with a gifted guitar player from New Jersey, named Gerry Ciccone. My first wife and I moved our hippie selves to the East Coast so I could play harmonica with Gerry’s band, The Saturday Night Bath. All of us went through ups, […]

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Craig Mesco

I am a professional drummer and provide backup vocals. My ambition and education was in recording session work. I appeared on albums with Peter White, Skipper Wise and Danny Johnson and the Bandits. I toured with Danny Johnson too who was known for his work with Rick Derringer, Axis and Rod Stewart. I was hired […]

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Cole Chadwick

I am a drummer/percussionist/backup singer. I play reggae, EDM, house music, rock, funk, pop, and dub music. I grew up in a musical family with both parents being professional working performers/musicians in Boston and the surrounding area. I grew up in and around recording studios so I am very comfortable in that setting. From the […]

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Derek Deon

I am a guitarist, singer, and songwriter. I began my journey into the world of music with just an acoustic guitar in hand, until I discovered the seemingly limitless versatility of electric guitar rigs and studio effects. Where I shine is in shaping tones and melodies to create the desired vibe. I’ll show up with […]

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Evan Davidson

I was born and raised in Ashland. My first instrument was violin at age 7, and then went to guitar at 14. Currently, I am in a local rockabilly trio; Step It Up and Go. I have played guitar at the Oregon Shakespeare festival and for several Green Show performances and I have done 2 […]

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Gabriel Lucas

I started playing guitar  and song writing at the age of 14. Musical influences include Devin Townsend and Opeth. My style of playing is considered heavy and prog, I like exploring the lights and the darks, going from intense to mellow with eerie flavorings and overtones.

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Dr. Frederick Mayer

Fiddlin’ Fred Mayer PhD “PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS” pretty much sums up Frederick Mayer’s musical contributions. Classically trained performer and teacher, Fred plays all Americana styles including bluegrass, blues, Broadway, old time, gospel and jazz, as well as Latin, Scots/Irish, Klezmer, Balkan, gypsy and several Asian styles. He likes to say that he’s the “ultimate […]

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Helen-Thea Marcus

I began singing at 3 years of age, started playing piano at 4, and have been performing ever since.  I am comfortable on stage and in front of an audience.  Although I am a classically trained musician, (singer/pianist) I lived in the Bay Area and was exposed to a broad spectrum of music by my […]

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Ida Moody

I’ve lots of memories involving fun and hard work; tap dance, acrobat and voice lessons. There were always exercises, costume fittings and memorizing to do. Mom was truly a “Stage Mother” who kept me on the “path”. Actually, it was difficult to get me to rehearsals because she didn’t drive. So we spent hours traveling […]

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Jef Ramsey

I play mandolin and sing, and have performed regularly for 20 years as the frontman of a variety of popular acoustic bands in the Seattle region and as a street performer 10 years prior to that. Since moving to Southern Oregon, I formed a duo called Blades of Grass with guitarist and singer Kathryn Casternovia. […]

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Jeff Pevar

I am a guitarist, composer, producer and performer. I have played with such world renowned artists as Crosby, Stills & Nash, Ray Charles, James Taylor, Jimmy Webb, Carly Simon, Kenny Loggins, Joe Cocker, Jefferson Starship , Phil Lesh and Friends, Marc Cohn, Jennifer Warnes, Laura Nyro, David Foster, Rickie Lee Jones, Jazz Is Dead, CPR […]

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Jeff Stanley

I play guitar, sold out the Sydney Opera House. Rock, jazz, blues, funk, gospel, hip hop, soul, R&B, country, folk, bluegrass, alternative, pop. (Jeff has shared the stage with such artists as Michael Franti with Spearhead, Peter Frampton, Buddy Guy, Fun!, Joe Phelps and Heart.)

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Jeffri Lynn Carrington

I am a classically trained vocalist who has expanded into singing many genres including jazz, folk, and world music. I have dedicated my life to refining my voice and it is my greatest joy to sing straight from (and to) the heart! For the past 15 years I have performed as a soloist, as well as in a wide range of bands and ensembles on the west coast and abroad. Many listeners have said that I have “the voice of an angel.” …

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Jefferson Baroque Orchestra

Since its founding in 1994, JBO has performed many of the major works of such well-known composers as Bach, Handel, Telemann, Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Purcell, and Lully. We have also explored the lesser known masters of the eighteenth century: Graupner, Heinichen, Zachow, Pergolesi, and many others. We did not neglect the early seventeenth-century masters such as […]

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Jerry Burke Perez

I have been playing bass for 6 years. I am open to all styles of music including classic and Indie rock, rock, funk, reggae and jazz. Major musical influences in my life are Led Zeppelin, The Who, Pink Floyd, Hip Hop, ‘50’s and ‘60’s jazz, The Four Tops and Motown. Current projects include The Bouray, […]

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Kathryn Casternovia

My musical training began with 9 years of classical piano. I grew up in the Ozark mountains of Missouri and have roots in Country, Folk, and Bluegrass music. Mandolin player and singer Jef Ramsey and I make up a duo called Blades of Grass. I play acoustic guitar, harmonize, and sing lead vocals in the […]

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Kimberly StarKey

I am a classically trained contemporary pianist and composer. My musical style has been described as powerful, radiant and inspiring. Rooted in both romantic-classical and contemporary styles, my works can be compared to those of The Piano Guys, Jennifer Thomas, and Ludovico Einaudi. My album Dream was nominated for ‘Album of the Year’ by one of the […]

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Landen Griffith

I grew up with a recording studio in my basement owned and operated by my father Steve Griffith (Vector / Liquid Disc / Visual Records). I dabbled in bands, playing percussion and drum kit but didn’t find my real passion for music until moving to New York. While pursuing music there, I supported myself as […]

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Lisa Dubois

I am a Texan. I originated in the south- Ft.Worth, Texas, to be precise and I lived in Texas for 18 years, then 3 years in both Oklahoma and Arkansas.  That’s where my sound comes from. I’ve had a love for reading since the moment I learned. One of the BEST things about reading is the way a […]

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Matthew Kriemelman

I am a veteran drummer for the Blue Man group in Las Vegas from 2000-12, and have performed in the New York and Chicago productions. One of my specialties is versatility for it allows me to be hired for everything from Pop, Funk, Blues, Rock, Folk, Jazz, to gigs. I am grateful for every musical […]

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Michal Palzewicz

I play cello, violin and viola and have performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe, both as a soloist and ensemble player. I have had the honor of performing at prestigious venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in NYC and Wigmore Hall in England. Currently, I am playing violin and viola […]

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Michael Bromann

I began playing drums at the age of 12 and at 16 started recording on a 4 track.  I attended the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences in 1997 and have 20+ years of professional experience involving recording, playing, touring drum-tech, local live sound, and teaching.   I’ve engineered several projects with Sylvia Massy and love […]

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Morgan O’Shaughnessey

I’m a professional musician based in Los Angeles. ​I write, record, and mix custom string arrangements. I specialize in viola, violin, and nyckelharpa. I also play the Scottish Highland Bagpipes.

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Nick Kirby

I am an engineer, producer and local musician in here the valley. I play a number of instruments such as drums, bass, guitar, mandolin, piano, sing, and any kind of percussion. I enjoy taking music to the next level. Any way I can help is fantastic. Thank you.

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Ronnie Ray

I grew up in Oakland, Ca.,  a professional in the music business for 30 years. S.F Bay Area, L.A., NYC, and  Canada. From Heart, as a producer my goal is to spread compassion thru sound, music, and movement. I enjoy co-producing with bands as well as producing a solid seasoned unit.  I have released a […]

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Sunny Erickson

I am a multi instrumentalist with 20 years plus experience in songwriting, arranging, recording and performing. I specialize in guitars, acoustic, electric and bass. I am known for picking stuff up really quickly, feeling it, and making it work in a unique and interesting way. I can also provide great lead and/or backup vocals, solid percussion, […]

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Shaun Garner

I am an actor, narrator, announcer, writer, producer, musician, and music educator. I am also the Director of Music for the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, Ashland, Oregon and was the Director of the Glacier Symphony Chorale, Kalispell, Montana. In these positions, my goal is to communicate with the audience; to share with them the […]

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Todd Ragland

I am a Native Oregonian who grew up listening to a wide variety music styles. I started playing bass at age twelve and by eighteen; I was working steady in clubs playing rock, R&B, funk, and country. Later on I studied jazz and classical music at Southern Oregon State College performing jazz, Latin, Afro-Cuban, reggae, and […]

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Tom Stamper

Tom Stamper’s Klezmorim group played syncopated Yiddish Dixieland music in the ’70s and ’80s to crowds of 10,000, ending up on NBC’s Prime Time and in Carnegie Hall ’ with an Emmy nomination for their album, Notes from the Underground. He has been called an “impresario”- coming up with the ideas and making things move from […]

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William Creswell

I am a composer, engineer, producer, and co-producer. I play guitar, bass, drums, and synthesizer. As an artist, I’m into preserving the beauty and nature of music; what I often call the “authenticity of music.” I love all genres. I feel the purpose of music means connection. It creates a universally spiritual mindset. It’s the […]

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William Hahey

I play keys, trombone, rhythm guitar, and flute, sing lead and backups. I hear music and relate to musicians on their terms. I play by ear and I know most styles of music. I am punctual, learn quickly and am also willing to work within most budgets.

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