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, one amazing grandson, and a beautiful big red dog.
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 almost-grown 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.
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.
Laureen Henegar | Children’s Minister
Laureen Henegar joined the Eastside staff as children’s minister in June 2019. She is a native of California, where she worked as a nurse for 28 years, caring primarily for kids. She has taught children’s classes her entire adult life, has led VBS programs for over 15 years, and directs the “Making Waves” children’s program each year for Pepperdine University’s Bible Lectureship program, “Harbor.” She has three adult children and nine grandchildren, and she was married to her high school sweetheart for 47 years before his passing in 2015. We’re thankful to have her on our team at Eastside!