Leadership

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 Eberly

Peter Eberly

Lead Pastor

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!

Matt Schwartz

Matt Schwartz

Associate Pastor

Matt and his wife Mindy love calling Harrisonburg home. Together with their daughters, Katie Grace and Hattie, they enjoy the outdoors and being near water. Matt and Mindy both love the unified story of Scripture that points to Christ. 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.

Mitchell Yoder

Mitchell Yoder

Co-Director of Worship Ministry

Mitchell and his wife, Lauren, have attended Eastside since its inception, and they have two children. He taught at Keister Elementary for 4 years before moving to Nicaragua, where they spent three years teaching and serving. He teaches 5th grade at Bluestone Elementary in the dual language program. He’s a member of The Walking Roots Band and has led worship at Eastside for many years. He's grateful for the believers at Eastside and appreciates how they let God use them to do his work.

Lauren Yoder

Lauren Yoder

Co-Director of Worship Ministry

Lauren is married to Mitchell and together they have two sweet kiddos, Ezra & Ruthie. They've gone to Eastside since the very first Sunday, except while living three years in Nicaragua. Lauren is excited to join Mitch as Co-Director of Worship Ministry and is thankful for the opportunity to lead the congregation in music that reaches beyond just our congregation. Leading worship through song is when she feels closest to the Lord and she's excited to bring that passion to the church.

Mia Pence

Mia Pence

Director of Children's Ministry & Kids Club Leader

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.

Lindsay Horst

Lindsay Horst

Elder

Lindsay is a nurse at Sentara RMH in pre-anesthesia. Lindsay and her husband Michael have 3 children elementary school age and younger. When she has spare time she loves to read, go for walks and play tennis. Lindsay loves Eastside and is excited for the opportunity to serve. Her life’s prayer is that she would reflect the character and quality of Jesus Christ.

Sonja Lovell

Sonja Lovell

Elder

Sonja is mom to two grown daughters and grandmother to six. After having spent most of her life between Alabama, Texas and Michigan, she made the move to Harrisonburg in 2002 and came to Eastside in 2016. Sonja recently retired after 18 years working at JMU, but still works part-time as needed. Her Eastside small group has been a true example of what loving others well looks like and the thing she appreciates most about Eastside is that seeking Christ is the highest priority.

Erin Morgan

Erin Morgan

Elder

Erin and her husband, Nick, have three awesome kids: Aiden, Colby, and Adalyn. She's a 2nd grade teacher at Stone Spring Elementary School. Erin loves her church community and has made many friendships that encourage and challenge her. She believes it's her responsibility as a Christian to seek God’s guidance, healing, and grace in every aspect of her life as well as testify to others about the Gospel and how He has worked in her life.

Adam Showalter

Adam Showalter

Elder

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 Snider

Craig Snider

Elder

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!

Sarah Yoder

Sarah Yoder

Elder

Sarah and her husband, Nevin, have 4 children who range from high school to elementary school. Sarah works for a family business during the day and spends the rest of her time taking care of the family, leading a small group and trying to stay in touch with friends. Sarah is excited to talk about how God has worked in her life through raising children, making a plan to adopt their youngest child and changing jobs to remain obedient to her calling from the Lord.

Lawrence Yoder

Lawrence Yoder

Elder

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.

Lisa Lehman

Lisa Lehman

Church Administrator, Communication/Finance/Personnel

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.

Hannah Guisewite

Hannah Guisewite

Church Administrator

Hannah graduated from Bridgewater College in 2011 with a degree in Philosophy and Religion. She has lived in the valley ever since 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.

Kim Showalter

Kim Showalter

Treasurer

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.