Eli Suarez is the Worship Pastor at Harvest Fields Community Church in the Bronx, New York. He has six years of music education from Bronx Community College and City College and a combination of 25 years of being music director at his current church as well as Church of the Revelation also in the Bronx. Eli has played with many great musicians playing classical, jazz, gospel, hip hop and contemporary worship. He leads the Pure Worship Choir at his current church.
Besides the love of music, he works per diem with the Astor Home for the Children as a Behavior Coach working with children in crisis with emotional and development problems. He also serves as a counselor with the youth group at Harvest Fields Community Church. Eli resides in the Bronx with his wife of 27 years, Dolores, and their two children, Corinne and Jordan.
Jordan Miles Cortese, a born and raised New York native, is a graduate of CUNY’s Hunter College where he earned his bachelors degree in Media Studies. Early on Jordan took after his father and studied drums and percussion along side him as well as Boden Faculty Member Bryan Carrot. At the age of 17 however he began his search for a melodic outlet and transferred to studies as a Bass guitar student with session bassist Patrick Andy and then bassist Manny Lanzot, both Boden Faculty members. Jordan has been apart of the Boden family since its inception first as a student in both private and ensemble classes and currently serves the team as bass guitar faculty as well as alongside Phil Hamilton and Joseph Cortese in the Applied Music courses. In addition Jordan serves as bassist for the Crossroads Tabernacle Worship team and as a photographer/ cinematographer for their Worship Arts Team. He has recorded on various projects alongside Joseph Henry Cortese, The Storytellers, other independent artists and can be heard on the upcoming album “The Psalter” featuring various Boden Faculty members. (Here's Jordan Miles Cortese on Bass for "Island Praise")
Born a son of a preacher man, Jerry Kaufman started playing piano at the age of eight and continued taking private lessons till the age of 16. While developing a lot of experience playing with his church band, he also became very interested in live sound reinforcement and studio recording. At the age of 18 he started to work in the audio visual field while doing sound at his own church. At age of 25, "JJ" went to work full-time in ministry with his father, the late Bishop Gerald Kaufman, where he did music full time operating the church' recording studio and engineering his father's radio program called Voice Of Love. Jerry also led the Morning glory worship team at Love Gospel Assembly for 14 years.
He is currently the pastor and worship leader of Antioch Worship Center in the Bronx. In the midst of his pastoral calling, he's still able to stay well connected in the world of live sound as the manager of design and installation for AVS Production Group in the Bronx. His recording and production chops stay well groomed at his own recording studio, The Shack.
Childhood memories of accompanying his sisters on tour or accompanying Richie Ray and Bobby Cruz on the drums still have special meaning to Joseph Henry Cortese. And as he became a classically trained pianist, a drummer and lyricist, God provided him with other opportunities that would shape his future ministry. He studied at The Musician's Institute in Hollywood, California. He played with the likes of Mark Ledford, Noel Pointer, Bobbi Humphrey, Tom Browne, Yomo Toro, Bob Francescini, Abraham Laboriel, Mike Rodriguez, Darryl Jones and many others. Finally, he became the youngest member to play with singer Roberta Flack.
At the pinnacle of this success he decided to surrender his musical talents to the Lord. He joined his mother in her work for the Kingdom of God, serving as janitor, then youth minister. Convinced, without regret, that his musical days were over, the Lord recalled him to direct the music ministry of Crossroads and this was the beginning of the "The Upper Room Music Company," a ministry that became the tapestry of his new song-writing and production skills. They gave us an explosion of progressive gospel records including "Somebody Bigger Than You and I," "Brand New Song," "Heavenbound". "The Race" was Joseph Henry’s solo project that received rave reviews in the Tri-state region both in radio and the local church. The title track, “The Race” has been used as a theme song for many Christian events and campaigns.
Joseph Henry has also performed with such talent as The Christ Memorial Choir, Damaris Carbaugh, Calvin Hunt, Jason Alvarez, Clinton Utterbach and the Praisers, Sam Cintron, Joe Battan, Steve Camp, Sherman Andrus, Sandra Crouch, and his mentor, Andre Crouch.
Today at the age of 49, he is Senior Pastor of Crossroads Tabernacle, an innovative, large inner-city church located in the Castle Hill section of the Bronx. Rev. Cortese surrendered his music and talent to the Lord and the Lord gave back a church that is empowered in music, small group, youth, prison, and family ministries. His dynamic wife Melissa, and their two sons, Jordan and Donovan, are an integral part of this church.