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
Excited to provide vision and leadership for children and their families as they grow in their relationship with Christ, on Sunday mornings and beyond. Born in NJ, she met her husband, Ted, while studying speech pathology at James Madison University. They have been married for 23 years, and together they have three children: Kyle, Nathan and Emma Grace. Tammy enjoys reading historical fiction books in her spare time and playing with their golden retrievers, Joey and Wilson.
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.
Norm and Kathy have been married for 50 years! They raised two sons and one daughter and lived in Wooster, OH until moving to Harrisonburg in 2005. The Gerbers began attending Eastside Church in 2012. Norm retired from manufacturing with Rubbermaid, but stays busy volunteering at Brethren Woods Camp and with Industrial & Commercial Ministries as a chaplain. Norm serves Eastside Church in many ways. He loves spending time with his family and enjoys having six grandchildren here in the valley.
Nevin and his family have attended Eastside Church since the launch back in 2009. He has been an elder for about 6 years. Nevin loves helping out with Kids Club, Eastside Kids and small groups. He loves mentoring other guys through life in Christ and how that has pushed him and helped grow his own faith.
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.
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.
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!
Hannah graduated from Bridgewater College in 2011 with a degree in Philosophy and Religion. She has lived in the valley for nine years and is blessed to call Eastside her church family. She is grateful to work alongside such loving and service-oriented brothers and sisters in Christ.
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.