Reggie preached for many years at Eastland and other churches in the region. He now spends most of his time caring for the members of the Eastland church. He is a devoted Bible student with a gift for memorization, which helps him teach a great many people both inside and out of the church.
When asked what he loves about Eastland, Reggie said, "I cherish the golden cord of love that binds us together in a fellowship with each other and with God. As a family when one suffers we are quick to respond, and when one has cause of rejoicing we share in their rejoicing. We share a mutual respect for God and the authority of His Word. May it ever be so."
Phil has been one of our shepherds since October of 2016. He has a natural gift for authentic connection, and he has spoken many times of his lifelong desire to watch over saints’ souls and encourage us closer to God. Phil has a particular passion for sharing the Bible’s teachings on marriage and family. He and his wife, Shannie, are therefore a particularly helpful asset to our teenagers and young families.
When asked what he loves about Eastland, Phil said, "I am continually overwhelmed by the warmth and sincere love exhibited by the family at Eastland. Our members help create an atmosphere where anyone is welcome to come learn about God and how we can serve Him with our whole heart. I am humbled by the blessing of both working and worshipping with such a fine group of Christians who simply want to go to heaven."
Jim has served as one of the shepherds of the Eastland church for a number of years. He worked as an accountant before his retirement, and he now spends the majority of his time caring for the Eastland church. He is an avid reader, and his depth of knowledge on many spiritual subjects reflects that.
When asked what he loves about Eastland, Jim said, "Eastland is blessed with an abundance of young energetic members which bodes well for the future of any congregation. Our members are a generally friendly and cheerful group who worship and work together in an atmosphere of peace and unity. I find the preaching and teaching to be engaging and stimulating; challenging you to think and react in ways that evoke changes that build character and promote spiritual growth and Christian service. I love that."
Scott has been a member of the Eastland church for a long time, and even before he was a shepherd, our members know him well as an influence for unity and spirituality in the church. Scott and his wife, Heather, are generous, encouraging, hospitable, and defined by the joy that comes with knowing Christ.
When asked what he loves about Eastland, Scott said, "What I love about Eastland is our biggest asset: our people. Young and old, there is synergy that makes us better. It’s great to worship with those who are truly family."
In his time as a member of this church, Jon and his family have solidified their place as diligent servants. He and his wife, Bethany, have been great examples of hospitality. He is also very enthusiastic about evangelism, conducting frequent one-on-one Bible studies with church members or unchurched friends.
When asked what he loves about Eastland, Jon said, "I love the encouragement that comes from being part of the Eastland family. The members here have such a wide range of backgrounds, experiences and abilities... yet we build each other up through our common bond in our Lord. As each one does his or her part out of love for the whole, we stir each other up to greater faith and service. We are one in Him - and our unity blesses our walk in Him."
Dan has been preaching since 2010 and has been Eastland's evangelist since April of 2015. He spends most of his time studying and teaching—both to the congregation, in the community, and as a husband & father. He does his best to deliver applicable, encouraging lessons to bring all his listeners closer to God.
When asked what he loves about Eastland, Dan said, "I love coming to worship here! It's contemplative and still passionate, and you can tell people really care about excellence because we're worshiping the God of all excellencies. And I love the family atmosphere here. These people genuinely love each other, because they all love Jesus. They are an awesome group to be part of."
Kristopher has been preaching since 2015, and he joined Eastland as a full-time minister in 2018. He and Dan work together to bring a balanced perspective on the word in sermons and classes. Kris has a knack for personal connection, and he loves to teach people about Jesus in one-on-one settings. He sincerely wants everyone he knows to hear about his Lord and his faith and to believe in Jesus themselves.
When asked what he loves about Eastland, Kris said, "The first thing we realized about the Eastland congregation was their vibrant and meaningful worship to God. From the minute my family and I walked into the doors, we felt loved, and everyone was so genuine, attentive, and welcoming. My wife and I knew right away that Eastland was the place we wanted to worship and serve God."
The church is served by deacons—men chosen to fill various roles based on their scriptural qualifications, their abilities, and their willingness to work. Our deacons are: