Jazz Divine began when Santa Maria jazz guitarist Ed Hite and Lompoc drummer and minister Geoff Moran talked one day about their mutual interest and experiences with Christian worship in a jazz style. This conversation in April 2010 resulted in a pilot project to gauge interest in a jazz service on California's Central Coast. With the support of Lompoc Lutheran pastor John Reil, the service began in July 2010 and has been going ever since. First Christian Church of Lompoc joined in providing administrative support early in 2012.
Ed Hite is a well-known jazz guitarist with his own group Eloquent Quarter, and also as amember of Central City Swing, a big-band in Santa Maria. He has recorded for the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA), the Santa Maria Little Theater, and has played with the Santa Maria Symphony. Ed is a private teacher of guitar and music theory, especially jazz. He is a solo jazz guitarist freelancing throughout the Central Coast. He is an active Presbyterian layman in Orcutt Presbyterian Church.
Paul Barthel, trumpet and flugelhorn, was a member and leader of the Cal Poly Jazz Ensemble and then after college continued his jazz playing with various groups including Central City Swing. When he's not playing jazz he's working as an aerospace engineer for United Launch Alliance at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Paul is an active member of Peace Lutheran Church in Lompoc.
Jason Bray, bass, is sought-after musician from Goleta who plays in a variety of venues on the Central Coast including classical and jazz groups.
Geoff Moran, drums, is a retired US Army chaplain and ordained Disciples of Christ minister. He has played in small jazz groups, big bands, and musical theater orchestras almost all his life. He first experienced jazz worship in New York City at St. Peter's Lutheran Church. He teaches Religions of the Modern World and Introduction to Logic at Allan Hancock College as a part-time professor. He is an elder in First Christian Church of Lompoc and frequently is a guest pastor at area churches.