Meet the Leadership Team

Pastors and Staff Team

Pastor Joe and Teresa Bell, Stephen and Sarah

Senior Pastor: Pastor Joe and Teresa Bell (our children's director) have pastored Eastside since May of 1997. They met at and graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University . Married in June of 1989, they both graduated from Nazarene Theological Seminary in 1992. They have one past, two current and one future Trevecca students in the family: Paul DeAngulo (their "adopt-a-kid", 2009), Stephen and his fiancee Hannah Diezel (class of 2020) and Sarah (class of 2028).

Joe 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! His Favorite Bible Verse is "Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well."

Favorite Bible Verse:

  • "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well." Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

Bro. David Bryant is our Minister of Music. He comes from Augusta, GA, and lives in Wegener, SC with his wonderful wife Laura and Kayla Lewis. Since coming to Eastside, he has blessed our services with great leadership in singing both contemporary worship songs and traditional hymns. Bro. David is an avid sports fan providing support to UGA Bulldogs and the Atlanta Braves.

Favorite Bible Verse:

  • "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)

Deacon Violly Walton is our local Nazarene Missions International (NMI) President.

I am thankful and grateful for this opportunity to serve God as NMI president at Gastonia Eastside Church of the Nazarene. My passion for mission was inspired by my salvation experience when I accepted Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior through the ministry of the Church of the Nazarene. Since then, God used mature believers to disciple me and help me continue to grow in my faith until I myself became ready to disciple others. I started getting involved in the ministry of the church by leading songs during Sunday worship and sharing Bible stories at my home church’s outreach in the neighborhood on Saturday afternoons. This ministry involvement prepared me to a greater task God has for me, which is to teach Sunday school for all age groups and to preach the Word in different occasions.

Other ministry involvements: Taught English courses in the Nazarene College; Extension Education Coordinator for the district and the College in Northern Philippines; National Literature and Media Ministries Coordinator for the Church of the Nazarene in the Philippine field; Taught at the Korea Nazarene University; I am blessed to have responded to God’s leading to pursue a doctorate degree in Education at Trevecca Nazarene University. Married to Sam Walton from Gastonia, which brought me to North Carolina.

Favorite Bible Verse:

  • “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him,...” Nahum 1:7 (NIV)
Patrick & Mandy Webb

Bro. Patrick Webb leads "ESCRO" (Eastside Students Called to Reach Out), our teen and college ministry.

Patrick is a third generation Nazarene and is often dubbed "Mike Manual" because he is quite familiar with not only what is in the Nazarene Church Manual, but where to find it quickly (and not online either).

Bro. Patrick served our country as a Signals Intelligence Analysts for the United States Marine Corps for nearly 12 years that took him to Greece, Germany, Guam, South Korea, Japan, Hungary, Ireland, Spain and Iraq twice. After he completed his third enlistment, he chose to do something different after losing his younger brother to an acute asthma attack. He went to school in Greenville, NC to become a Respiratory Therapist that ultimately led to a position here in Gastonia at Caromont Regional Medical Center. While here, he started to attend Gastonia Eastside and saw a need in the youth department and began to help out when he was available. The opportunity arose for him to become the local NYI President, which he accepted and has led the local NYI since 2015 along with his wife, Mandy.

Patrick is currently attending Graduate School at UNC Charlotte intending to graduate with a Masters of Science in Respiratory Care. He has also resumed classes for ordination as an Elder in the Church of the Nazarene through the Carolina's School of Ministry.

Favorite Bible Verse:

  • "Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?" Matthew 6:27 (NIV)

Neil Booth is our Administrator. He is a lifelong Gastonia resident, and graduated from Hunter Huss High School, Gaston College, Gardner Webb University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Favorite Bible Verse:

  • "Jesus Wept." John 11:35 (NIV)

Neil feels that is shows the great compassion Jesus has for us.

Willie and Diane

Willie Monico, here with his wife Diane, provide custodial services for both Eastside Church of the Nazarene and the Hope in Christ tutoring program. Willie is also one of our prayer warriors and fervently prays for our church, its members and its place in the community.

Currently he calls Gastonia, NC home, but still pulls for those beloved Mets & Jets as he grew up in Brooklyn, NY.

Favorite Bible Verse:

  • "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Church Board Members

Teresa Bell is our Children's Director. Mrs. Teresa has worked with children over 35 years (24 at Eastside), and has both a B.A. and M.R.E. in Christian Education. She also works as a Team Leader at Curtiss-Wright Controls, and spoils her husband, children and dog whenever possible.

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Sam Walton is our local Sunday School and Discipleship Ministry International (SMDI) President.

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Larry and Carol Smith

Larry Smith is currently serving as Church Treasurer and ESTrust Leader. Larry met his wife Carol in school, and they have been together almost all their lives! They are charter members of Eastside and have been faithful members since it opened the doors in 1985. Leading the ESTrust team, Larry and his team are responsible for our finances, staff and facilities.

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Mandy Webb is currently serving as the Church Secretary. Mandy is relatively new to the Nazarene faith having grown up with Lutheran and Baptist family backgrounds. Mandy is a consummate professional and learner. She holds one Bachelor's of Science degree from UNC Charlotte in Biology and an Associates in Applied Science in Nursing from Gaston College. She is currently working on her Bachelor's of Science degree in Nursing from UNC Wilmington while working full time at Caromont Regional Medical Center in the Patient Care Navigation department.

She also helps lead ESCRO with husband Bro. Patrick as the administrative assistant that keeps ESCRO on track with events and fundraisers. She is also looking forward to becoming more involved with leadership as she becomes the adult sponsor of the College portion ESCRO.

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Beth Bradshaw is currently serving as the NYI President. Beth recently graduated from South Point High School in Belmont, NC and is now taking classes at Gaston Community College. She is working towards a degree in childhood education.

Her goals are to become a teacher and provide education where it is needed most. One day, she would like to lead a Children's Ministry group.

Favorite Bible Verse:

  • "I can do all things through Him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13 (NIV)
Larry & DeAnn

Larry and DeAnn Biggerstaff are our at-large members of the Church Board. They serve in a multitude of areas.

DeAnn leads our Nursury and Toddler programs, caring for the ever growing number of small children at Eastside. Her boundless heart and love for our children is felt by all who are blessed to help her in this great ministry.

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Larry is our lead sound and visual arts guru. He masterfully runs the sound and video presentations during services. He is also part of the ESTRUST Team that keeps Eastside looking good and in working order.

Larry's Favorite Bible Verse: