At Eastside, our staff oversees specific areas of ministry while our elders are given the task of spiritual oversight, direction, and care for the church.
Peter is husband to Natalie and father to four great kids. He seeks to follow Christ and be led by the Spirit each day. Peter earned a Master’s of Divinity degree from Eastern Mennonite Seminary and a degree in Elementary Education from Goshen College. He has been a teacher, youth pastor and soccer coach from Indiana to the Dominican Republic to here in Virginia. Peter loves being with his family, the beach, good food and seeing God actively working with and through his most prized creation, us!
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.
Director of Children's Ministry
Mia graduated from EMU and moved back to Harrisonburg in 2020. She felt called into ministry after completing the Ministry Inquiry Program with her home congregation. Through this experience she realized her passion for children's ministry and is excited to be a part of teaching the younger generations about how great our Heavenly Father is. Mia strives everyday to be the Lord’s hands and feet through her actions and words.
Director of College & Young Adult Ministry
Beginning her college years at Eastern Mennonite University, Rachel is a recent graduate of James Madison University. After graduating JMU in 2017, Rachel spent a year as the Collegiate & Young Adult Ministry Resident at The Center for Faith & Leadership in Fredericksburg. She's returned to Eastside and is passionate about connecting college students & young adults to the church family. She loves helping them identify and develop their gifts and empower them to be whole life disciples of Jesus.
Kim and Eastside put down roots in Harrisonburg around the same time. After working 11 years at Everence Federal Credit Union and Everence Financial Advisors, Kim’s work-world turned upside down. Now instead of settling into a day of work with coffee in hand, she chases toddlers, changes smelly diapers and might steal a sip of luke-warm coffee as the morning slips away. Kim, her husband Adam and two little ones are happy to call Bridgewater, VA home and to have found a church home at Eastside.
Born in NJ, Tammy met her husband, Ted, while studying speech pathology at James Madison University. Together they have three children: Kyle, Nathan and Emma Grace. Tammy is excited to provide leadership to Eastside's outreach ministry, Kids Club, as she has a passion for children to know Jesus. In her spare time, Tammy enjoys reading historical fiction books and volunteering in the local elementary schools.
Adam is married to Kim where they live in Bridgewater with children Kahlan and Dexter. He works as an engineer for a few companies in Charlottesville. Adam and Kim planted roots at Eastside in 2013. Since then, they've been involved with Sunday morning volunteering and small groups. He's continually challenged and encouraged through his experiences at Eastside and says God is clearly at work here and he feels fortunate to be a witness and participant.
Craig and his wife, Jill, have been attending Eastside Church since the winter of 2016. They have three young adult children. Craig works as a carpenter-building contractor. He enjoys that fact that, in knowing God, we can continue (in the words of C. S. Lewis) to go “further up and further in,” that we never come to a place of having figured God out—there is always more to explore, and it’s all good!
Debbie is married to Matt and they have 2 children, Carter and Reagan. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, coaching cross country and track at a local high school, eating out and playing board and card games. Debbie loves that Eastside meets us where we are and calls us to a deeper relationship with Christ while engaging in community. She was an elementary teacher before staying at home with her children, and is passionate about helping kids grow in their walk with Jesus.
Lawrence and his wife Bonnie have two daughters, Janae and Jordyn. He owns Horizon Accountants, a tax and accounting firm in Broadway. Lawrence and Bonnie lead a small group, participate in the prayer ministry, and have attended Eastside since 2012. Lawrence loves to read the Bible and listen to Hillsong worship songs, and he encourages others to run their race and fulfill their purpose in Christ.
Mitchell graduated from Eastern Mennonite University in 2009 and settled in Harrisonburg with his wife, Lauren. They have attended Eastside since its inception. Upon graduation, he and Lauren both taught in Harrisonburg City Schools before moving to Nicaragua where they lived for three years. Mitchell currently teaches fifth grade at Bluestone Elementary in the dual language program. He is grateful for the believers at Eastside and appreciates how they let God use them to do his work.
Church Administrator, Communication/Finance
Lisa has attended Eastside since it's beginning. Small groups have played an important part in her faith walk and relationship with other Eastside family. Lisa's work experience has included financial roles with affordable housing non-profits and marketing with a credit union. She was also a board member and publicity coordinator for a local relief sale. Lisa enjoys time with her husband, son, and friends, traveling to see family and new places, playing games, basketball, and camping.