Eddie White | Senior Minister
Eddie White became the senior minister at Eastside in June 2014 after serving as a youth minister, associate minister and preaching minister in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He met Karen, a native of Belfast, Northern Ireland, while they were students at Harding University, and they married in 1985. He & his family moved to Brno, Czech Republic in 1992, where he spent ten years and helped to establish a congregation. As a minister, Eddie has been deeply involved in pastoral church care, preaching and teaching, leadership training, one-on-one studies, and counseling. Eddie & Karen have two adult children and two large, lovable dogs.
Matt Elliott | Worship Minister
Matt’s passion for ministry began while growing up in south Alabama — leading singing in church even before his voice changed, spending his summers at church camp, and, as a little boy, accompanying his father, a minister, on visits to the sick and “shut-ins” from their congregation. He has served as a youth minister for churches in Alabama and Florida, was the chaplain for eight years at a large Christian school in Atlanta, GA, and was a worship minister in Atlanta for 14 years prior to moving to Eastside in July 2009. His wife, Lela, is a licensed professional counselor/licensed marriage & family therapist for the US Army, and they have three children, Isaac, Seth, and Annie. Matt has a Bachelor’s degree from Freed-Hardeman College and a Master’s from The University of Alabama.
Sarah Gwinn | Executive Minister
Sarah serves at Eastside’s Executive Minister, leading the staff and managing day-to-day activities and issues. She grew up in the Midwest as a preacher’s daughter, calling Quincy, Illinois home. She attended Harding University where she met Jordan, her husband, and they relocated to Colorado Springs shortly after their wedding in 2010. She worked as a restaurant manager for several years, then she and Jordan served as Eastside’s interim student ministers for more than a year. Sarah loves spending time with friends, reading, being outdoors, and working with the church in any way needed.
Christy Smith | Children’s Minister
Christy is thrilled to be working with the children and families of Eastside as the Children’s Minister. She has a special place in her heart for children, especially children with special needs, as she has worked with them in various capacities over the past 15 years in private, church, and school settings. Her own three children (Bryson, Megan, and Luke) and her husband, Brian, keep her life full in every sense of the word. As a family, you will usually find them in the outdoors or tending to their uncommon backyard animals. Christy has a Master’s Degree in Psychology, specifically School Counseling, from Utah State University and is a licensed School Counselor. She began her work as our Children’s Minister in April 2016.
Austin Nichols | Youth & Family Minister
Austin grew up in the Nashville, TN area, attending Lipscomb University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in theology and ministry as well as a Master’s of Divinity. He served as a youth minister in the Nashville area and has spent time in the Philippines working with churches there and teaching in a Bible college. He & Erika, a physician assistant, met at Lipscomb and married in the summer of 2017. They moved to Eastside in February 2018 to begin working with teens and families here. Austin loves making coffee, reading, and training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Jana Austin | Bookkeeper
Jana was born and raised in Oklahoma, and she loves her Okie roots. She received her bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Christian, where she also met her wonderful husband, Alan. Jana and Alan have three adult children and one grandson. She has been a member at Eastside since 1991 and has been working as our bookkeeper since 2013. In her free time, Jana enjoys reading, singing, and shopping. Jana loves to serve others, to build relationships with newcomers, and to mentor younger women.