Meet the Team

@ Eastside Church
Peter Eberly

Peter Eberly - Lead Pastor

Peter Eberly is husband of Natalie, father of four great kids – Evan, Olivia, Isaac & Asher. He strives to be a passionate follower of Christ in all things. Before becoming the lead pastor in launching Eastside he was a youth pastor for 6 years. He has a Master’s of Divinity degree from Eastern Mennonite […]

Matt Schwartz

Matt Schwartz - Associate Pastor

Matt Schwartz is the associate pastor of Eastside Church.  While earning his B.S. in Athletic Training at Michigan State University, Matt felt a call to ministry. Coming to Harrisonburg, VA in 2002, he graduated from Eastern Mennonite Seminary with his Masters of Divinity in 2006.  Matt, his wife, Mindy and their daughters, Katie Grace and […]

Natalie Eberly

Natalie Eberly - Director of Children's Ministries

Natalie Eberly is married to Peter Eberly and is a mother of four wonderful children – Evan, Olivia, Isaac, and Asher. She has a B.A. in Elementary Education from Goshen College and has taught for 10 years. Fall of 2013, she became a stay-at-home mom allowing her to devote more time to her family, serving […]

Sarah Yoder

Sarah Yoder - Treasurer

Sarah Yoder, along with her husband Nevin Yoder, joined Eastside as it was first getting started because they felt a calling to join the others as soon as they heard about it. Together, they have four children – Landon, Layah, Madalyn and MarcAndre. Sarah received an undergraduate degree from Eastern Mennonite University and an MBA […]

Jeanie Cupp

Jeanie Cupp - Elder

What else do you do: I practice law with my husband, Tim, and serve on the board of Ten Thousand Villages in Harrisonburg.

Likes: Spending time with my family, mountain lakes, playing the piano when no one is listening, solitude

Dislikes: Mice, snakes, clutter, having my picture taken

Something silly: I talk to my 26 year old daughter every day. My son thinks that’s silly.

Norm Gerber

Norm Gerber - Elder

What else you do?: Retired from Rubbermaid in Wooster, Ohio. Volunteer at Brethren Woods, Free Health Clinic and serve as an Industrial & Commercial Ministries Chaplin @ Cargill’s Dayton plant

Likes: I like hiking and diverse dining

Dislikes: I don’t like red traffic lights

Something silly: I miss my 1995 Camry

Derik Trissel - Elder

Laura Trissel

Laura Trissel - Elder & Giving Team

What else you do? I work as a nurse at the RMH Cancer Center. I love my job, the team I work with, and the opportunity it affords me to love and support people who are living with cancer.

Likes: knitting, cooking/baking, trail running, playing violin, live music, fine food and drink

Dislikes: taking out the trash, talking on the phone

Something silly: I LOVE bacon and heavy cream.

Ben Trost

Ben Trost - Elder

Andrea Yoder

Andrea Yoder - Elder & Worship Intern

Andrea Yoder has been an active member at Eastside Church since it was launched in 2010 and is currently serving as an intern in worship ministry. A native of Harrisonburg, Andrea is now seeking a Master’s of Divinity degree from Eastern Mennonite Seminary, and in her free time she loves to hike, trail run, ride horses, and spend time with her six nieces and nephews.

Mitchell Yoder

Mitchell Yoder - Elder

What else you do? I love life. I spend time with my beautiful wife. I make music. I spend my days teaching 3rd graders. I enjoy friends and family. I read.

Likes: Books, soccer, water sports, music, outdoors, God’s love.

Dislikes: ‘Negative Nancys,’ ‘Debbie Downers,’ and when people bite down on their silverware. Worse than nails on a chalkboard.

Something silly: What do you call a ship that could fit on a bottle? ‘Capsized.’ I like to make jokes.

Nevin Yoder

Nevin Yoder - Elder & REAL Kids Teacher

What else you do? Family Nurse Practitioner for Valley Family & Elder Care

Likes: Hunting, Fishing & the Pittsburg Steelers, my family

Dislikes: People who read while driving

Something silly: He also used to have lots of curly hair

Pete Hardesty

Pete Hardesty - Giving Team

What else you do? Young Life College at JMU

Likes: College people, the Middle East, volleyball, movies, soccer, illusions, burning leaves, American Idol

Dislikes: Shrimp, driving slow, grammar

Something silly: I like the Ravens