Worship Arts Staff

Troy Peterson,

Worship & Creative Arts Pastor

Troy grew up in a strong Christian home in Oregon, where his family was very involved in music ministry. It was in the local church that he began leading worship in his high school youth group.  While studying accounting in college, Troy sensed a clear calling to vocational ministry in response to a weekend worship service. Flowing from those experiences, it has become his passion to bring people into God’s presence through music. Prior to coming to Scottsdale Bible Church, he spent 12 years at Christian Life Assembly in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, as their Worship Arts Pastor. His solid breadth and depth of experience in leading worship and producing events with a broad scope is evident. Troy is a strategic visionary, able to put feet to a vision; he is grace-filled and outstanding at building relationships; he is a deep thinker, a man who passionately loves God and his family—intentionally growing in his faith and leadership. Troy and his wife Wendy have three daughters:  Brooklyn, Chamberlain and Peyton.

Would love to meet… Andrea Bocelli

Three favorite worship songs at the moment… This is Amazing Grace (Wickham), Great are You Lord (Vertical), What a Beautiful Name (Hillsong)

First concert… Russ Taff, “Medals” Tour

A Professional Highlight… One of the rare opportunities to sing such an amazing song, Bring Him Home, with unbelievably gifted accompaniment.

Last three books read… Wild Goose Chase (Batterson), Developing the Leader Within You (Maxwell), Rhythms of Worship (Cosper)

Starbucks order… Tall black coffee (and a chocolate chip muffin if they had them)

 

Derek Brandt,

Worship Leader, Venue Congregation

Derek BrandtDerek grew up in Northern California where he developed a deep love of music at a young age. He began leading worship at 18 at Hope International University and feels so very privileged to continue to lead worship full time. Derek is happily married to his beautiful wife, Sarah and they have two freakishly adorable kids, Isaac and Zariah. Derek is a celebrated multi-instrumentalist who has been privileged to play with Lincoln Brewster, Kari Jobe, Todd Agnew and Mia Fieldes and Ben Fielding of Hillsong United. The Brandt family as a whole loves Jesus, coffee and Disneyland.

What you’d find him doing on a Saturday: Relaxing with his wife and kids and drinking his homemade cold brew coffee out of a Disneyland mug.

Three worship albums you couldn’t do without: Austin Stone Live (Austin Stone Worship), Hymns EP (Justin Cofield Band), and Citizens (Citizens)

Favorite Concert Experience: Any concert. All of them.

Favorite books: Worship Matters (Bob Kauflin), An Arrow Pointing to Heaven (James Bryan Smith), and For The City (Matt Carter & Darrin Patrick)

Starbucks Order: Decaf H2O

 

Joe Bubar,

Music Director, Sunday Gatherings

Joe came to SBC in 1992 after graduating from Wheaton College. Since then he has served in most facets of the Worship Arts ministry at one time or another, but these days he leads our Worship Orchestra as well as the AM Bands and manages the SBC recording studio.  He completed a Masters degree in Composition from Arizona State in 1999 and enjoys writing and arranging for our instrumentalists. Joe and Kristina met each other between services on a sunny summer Sunday morning and it was love at first sight. Together they now have five terrific children (ages 5 to 13 years) that really keep them on their toes!

What you’d find him doing on Saturday: Coaching a Little League baseball team, doing yardwork, or taking the boys fishing (or to Cabella’s, or Bass Pro Shops)

Three worship albums you couldn’t do without: Songs for the Shepherd (Keith Green), City of Gold, Hymns (Kristina Bubar)

First concert: The Imperials, Stand by the Power tour

Last three books read: I’ve got about 60 books that I’m halfway through, but the last 3 I’ve finished are Crazy Love (Chan), Worship Matters (Kauflin), and The God Who Hears (Hunter)

Starbucks order: Tall decaf Pike Place Roast

 

Sandee Coppola,

Administrative Director

Sandee was born and raised in Yuma, Arizona, the” hot-spot” of the nation. She began playing piano in her home church at the age of eleven and has continued to serve the church in various musical capacities since that time. Sandee earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sacred Music from Anderson University and Master’s degrees in choral music education and organ performance from Arizona State University. After teaching elementary general music for several years, she worked for a teacher professional development program with Mesa Public Schools. She is married to Vincent, (Vinny to everyone else). They have no children unless you count a Shih tzu named Beejay. Sandee has a deep love for the church and a passion for facilitating authentic worship within the body of Christ.

Last book read: Bonhoeffer (Eric Metaxas) (It only took 9 months but who’s counting?)

Most memorable trip: Historic organ symposium in Germany and the Netherlands

Favorite past-times: a meal and conversation with family/ friends, reading an engrossing story, watching a thought-provoking or engaging movie

Starbucks order: tall nonfat Chai latte and a cranberry-orange scone, please

 

Gerald Fercho,

Music Director, Saturday Gatherings

GeraldBorn and raised in Canada to parents of Germanic descent, Gerald was subjected to musical abuse by forced accordion lessons. Having survived numerous accordion duet concerts for friends and family, he made the move to guitar. Gerald has been happy ever since. Raised in Church his entire life, Gerald has always had a sensitive heart for God and His purposes. His genuine approach to life brings sincere and authentic relationships with friends and peers. Staying fresh and forward thinking with worship and artistic expression/passion is a fundamental motivation for Gerald’s approach to life: “God is a creative God and we should indulge in His example.” After completing his Doctoral studies in music at USC in 1989, Gerald moved to the Valley and began leading worship in a church where he mentored, recorded and produced numerous Christian Artists and musicians. Gerald has been married 24 years to an exceptional woman named Twila. They share a love for music, mountain hiking, reading, and traveling (Twila is a talented musician in her own right). Currently, Gerald is the Music Director (MD) for the Saturday service. He is also the Music Chair at Arizona Christian University teaching Praise Bands, Music and Worship classes, Guitar, and Recording Arts. Gerald and Twila are on “an excellent adventure discovering what it means to live in the Kingdom of God.” Their testimony, is that of God’s love and grace abounding to them, and those they serve.

What do you find him doing on Friday: catching up with what didn’t get done last week, and prepping for Saturday (…. get a life Gerald)

Three worship albums you couldn’t do without: Joshua Tree (U2 – yes, I consider it a worship album), Illuminate (David Crowder Band), Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer (Jon Foreman)

Favorite concert experience: U2: 9-11 Tour (Bono is a great worship leader)

Last three books read: The Great Worship Awakening (Robb Redman), Wool Omnibus (Hugh Howey), Good to Great (Jim Collins – rereading)

Starbucks order: Iced Coffee w/3 pumps sugar-free Vanilla, 1 pump white mocha, breve.

 

Julia Hamilton

Music Assistant, Grace Chapel

JuliaJulia was born in Phoenix, but spent most of her youth near Chattanooga, Tennessee. She grew up in the church hanging out with the music minister, her dad. She quickly formed her love for the piano, and learned her first hymn, At The Cross. Soon she was playing for Sunday School classes and the youth choir. At the age of 11, she committed her life to full time Christian service and God has honored that desire.

With a degree in organ performance from Arizona State University, and master level conducting courses at California State University, Fullerton, she directed choirs and played the organ at several churches, and taught choral music at a Christian high school in Southern California. An opportunity to direct tours for the Continental Singers opened new doors for international ministry. During a week-long tour in then communist Hungary, she experienced a strong call to move to Budapest and begin the Hungarian Continentals. The next five years were life changing and deep relationships were formed that continue today. The organization she formed still exists under national leadership.

Her marriage to Bob Hamilton, a family doctor and widower with two young children, brought her back to Scottsdale and to Scottsdale Bible Church. She was blessed to serve on the music staff in various capacities for many years, then continued to serve as a volunteer co-­producer for the Winter Wonder production. She joyfully returns to the music staff as the Chapel Worship Assistant and enjoys being part of the team that shapes the worship services there.

Favorite vacation: Cabo San Lucas with long walks on the beach

Current devotional aide: Magnificent Prayer by Nick Harrison

Favorite recent concert experience: The Real Group

Favorite down­time: Sharing a meal with her awesome family (not at home…)

 

Ken Montgomery

Worship Leader, Grace Chapel Congregation

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Ken’s first encounter with God was in the sixth grade through friends of his parents who invited him to church through their bus ministry. As he began to get involved, he soon became aware of Jesus Christ, and his need for forgiveness and accepted Jesus as His Savior and Lord – at the same time, his mother and step-father began to attend church. The bus ministry changed the course of his whole family. God began to mold Ken throughout his junior high and high school years as he began to develop the musical gifts and talents as well as discovering and developing his leadership gifts. During his college years he began serving churches as a music director and later as a music and youth minister.

Ken holds two bachelors degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison — a B.A. in Music with a concentration in Organ, Piano and Voice, and a B.A. in Communication in Radio, Television and Film, and a Masters of Music degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Since then, Ken has been privileged to serve the Lord in in full time ministry for over 25 years in several different cities.

In the summer of 2013, Ken and his family moved to Phoenix to be close to loved ones and were able to spend the last six months close to Anne’s mother and Ken’s step-father before both passed away. Ken currently serves on the admissions staff at Grand Canyon University.

What motivates Ken and fuels his actions is his love of helping people; whether its helping people solve problems, providing support and care, or guiding and aiding them in doing their best. He strives to enhance the lives of others—helping them thrive and not just survive and helping them to live out the phrase: “Jesu Anatosha,” (Swahili) meaning “Jesus is enough.”

Ken and his wife, Anne, have two daughters, Hannah and Jordan.

Favorite Family Memories: Traveling with family, Saturday morning big breakfasts, and theh sound of laughter in the house.

Favorite Dessert: Strawberry shortcake

Significant Moment in Life: Meeting his dad for the first time in 2013

Most Valuable Lesson: Knowing that it’s not about me, but about God working in me and through me.

Heart’s Desire: For others to know their identity in Christ – because when you know your identity in Christ, it changes your behavior.

Unwinds By: Watching Hogan’s Heroes

 

Carson Parks,

Worship Leader, Cactus Campus

Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Carson began playing music at age nine after his elementary school music teacher made the trombone sound like a racecar. However, it wasn’t until his junior year of high school after attending a Young Life camp and accepting Christ as his lord and savior that he discovered his love for worship music. Carson completed a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance and Audio Production Technologies from Arizona State University in 2011 and a Master’s Degree in Theory and Composition with an emphasis in Songwriting from New York University in 2015 where he taught guitar to undergraduate students and interned on Saturday Night Live. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Desiree, and they are currently looking for a puppy to add to the family now that they are back in Arizona.

What you’d find him doing on Saturday: Spending the morning mountain biking before sitting down to write some music and watch a movie with his wife.

Three worship albums you couldn’t do without: Phil Wickham “Singalong”, Vertical Church Band “Live Worship From Vertical Church”, All Sons & Daughters “The Longing”.

First concert: Chicago with Earth, Wind, and Fire.

Last three books read: Songwriters on Songwriting by Paul Zollo, Mastering Audio by Bob Katz, and Worship Matters by Bob Kauflin.

Starbucks order: Grande Dark Roast. (Yes, even after working at Starbucks for two years).

 

Tammy Reimche,

Creative Arts Director

Tammy grew up in North Dakota and vividly remembers her parents dedicating their lives to the Lord as lay musicians in the local church. Having learned to play piano from her mother, she was inspired to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas, and a Master’s Degree in Music from ASU. Before coming to Scottsdale Bible in 1998, Tammy served on staff at Bethany Community Church in Tempe for 10 years as well as an Elementary General Music teacher in Chandler for 9 years. She is currently the Creative Arts Coordinator involved in weekly worship service design. She also serves in student worship, as vocal director for AM worship center services, and production director. Her husband of 25 years, Tim, is employed at Honeywell in Tempe and they have 4 children ranging in ages from 11 to 20. Their home is a cacophony of music with 16 instruments played by the family members. When they are not playing instruments or raising their five goats, 19 chickens, a beehive, a dog, and a cat, her hobbies include decorating, scrap booking, and watching movies with the family.

 

Most memorable vacation: Hawaii trip on 10th wedding anniversary

Favorite Dessert: Just about anything sweet—especially chocolate

Favorite entertainment: Friday Family Movie Nights at home,TLC/HGTV, Reader’s Digest/Time/Ladies Home Journal magazines

Heart changing moments from God: Seeing and praying for lost kids in high school

Favorite Devotional books: Praying God’s Word Day by Day by Beth Moore

 

Matthew Allen Taylor,

Worship Leader

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Raised in the Phoenix area, Matthew began musical studies with the piano at age six, and progressed in playing other instruments throughout his childhood. By college, he pursued classical vocal studies at Arizona Christian University, and completed his music bachelor’s degree in May 2014. Matthew joined Scottsdale Bible, initially serving as worship director of student ministries at the Shea campus, and after a few months, he transitioned into the position to lead worship for the Mountain Valley campus.  More recently, Matt has been asked to help provide worship leadership at all venues and campuses.  Aside from performing musically, he is passionate about teaching the Bible, training music students, and composing songs. Matthew is happily married to his wife, Sunamita, and they have one daughter, Aunabelle, and are expecting their second child soon.

What you’d find him doing on a Saturday… Relaxing with his wife before the new baby arrives.

Three worship albums you couldn’t do without… A Greater Song (Paul Baloche), I Heart Revolution (Hillsong United), Beautiful Letdown (Switchfoot)

Favorite Concert Experience: Playing in concert with Switchfoot and the Rocket Summer

Last three books read: Next Generation Leader (Andy Stanley), Everyone Communicates, Few Connect (John C. Maxwell), Forgotten God (Francis Chan)

Starbucks Order: Green Tea Latte with Soy and Vanilla