Pastor Joe Bell has been the senior pastor at Eastside since May of 1997. He met Teresa Bell, our children's director, and graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University and Nazarene Theological Seminary with her. They got married in June of 1989. They have two future Trevecca students, Stephen (class of 2020) and Sarah (class of 2028). He is an extrovert Alabama fan who loves Christ, Teresa, his kids, church and life. He likes sports, movies, music, books and games. Get in touch- he will talk to you a while!
Pastor David Bryant is our music pastor. He comes from Augusta, GA, and lives in Wegener, SC with his wonderful wife Laura, and Corrina and Kayla Lewis. A Georgia & Atlanta sports fan, he travels a lot and loves everyone.
Deacon Violly and Sam Walton lead our Outreach and Discipleship Ministry, and Sam is the Director of Gaston Hope in Christ, our local tutoring ministry. Still newlyweds, they also lead through education- Sam at Central Piedmont Community College and Violly with Gaston County Schools. They share life with a growing group of Filipino teachers in the area, and Violly serves on the NC NMI Council.
Larry and Carol Smith are charter members of Eastside. Larry currently heads ESTRUST, our facilities and finances group, and Carol helps in many ways- finances, nursery, facility and grandparent to the Pastor's Kids!