Eastside church of Christ Leadership
Eastside church of Christ is blessed to have a leadership team who are truly dedicated to Christ and accomplishing His will. Following are brief bio's of our leadership team and their qualifications for ministry.
Hello from the Smith family! First of all, we want to shout out a huge “Thank you!” to Eastside. Since our first visit here, we have been amazed and grateful for your outpouring of love, your generous service, and the massive amount of work you have poured into preparations for our arrival. We greatly appreciate all you have done at the house and elsewhere.Our desire is to get to know you as we work, serve, worship, and grow together in the Lord. My task is to share with you the Word of God in all its power, beauty and purpose. I will also strive to call you to reach higher (in worship and praise), dig deeper (in study and insight in the Word), reach farther (in service to the community), and go wider (in outreach to the lost).
Let’s march boldly forward in faith together. May we all never stop learning, serving, and growing in Christ. I earnestly encourage you to:
• Spend time with God in prayer every day
• Spend time in the Word every day
• Pray for, look for, and take advantage of opportunities to invite friends, neighbors and others to Eastside
• Dive in fully to the life of our congregation. Participate in a small group, attend Sunday morning and Wednesday evening classes if at all possible, and jump into other projects and activities of this church family.
Jon Smith, along with his wife Andrea and son, Jeriko, began his work at Eastside in June of 2022. Previously he preached in Big Spring, TX, Sherman, TX and Wilkesboro, NC. Before that he served as a youth minister for 12 years.
The son of a preacher and missionary, Jon lived in Botswana, Africa for five years. A portion of that time was as an apprentice missionary with the Adventures in Missions (AIM) program, part of the Sunset International Bible Institute in Lubbock, TX. Jon holds a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies from Sunset International Bible Institue and from Lubbock Christian University. He holds a M.Ed. in Counseling and Human Development from the University of North Texas.
Jon and his family love to travel and go camping. They also enjoy just being together.
Andrea Smith is a former high school science teacher with a Masters degree in education. She now homeschools their 15-year old son, Jeriko and coordinates the children's Bible classes at Eastside.
Rob & Kim Woodason
Weekly Building Care
David moved to Indiana in 1975, planning to live with is grandmother to start ISU to finish his studies. A pretty, young blond Christian woman by the name of Kathy Ann Dickson came into his life and all previous plans were re-evaluated. David and Kathy were married in April 1975 and their union blessed them with two children, Daren Layne and Dana Lynn. David and Kathy placed their membership at the Southside congregation in Terre Haute and worshipped there for many years. They were both involved with Camp Wabashi and the youth program there, as well as being involved in the teaching program. David was later installed as a deacon. In the mid-eighties David was asked to preach for the Prairie Creek church of Christ and worked there for about four years. Afterwards, they returned to Southside where David again was appointed a deacon and then an elder. In 2000, David, Kathy, and kids moved their membership to Eastside where they continue to worship. David continues to teach and work with Camp Wabashi. David was appointed an elder in 2019 and recently retired from the United States Postal Service where he worked for over forty-two years.
Born and raised in Terre Haute, Tom was child number 4 of 6 children in his family. They attended Eastside until he was 8, then his father started preaching at another congregation in town. He put on Christ in baptism when he was 11. He met his wife, Kelly, in their youth group and started dating during Senior Week at Camp Wabashi. They were married in 1985. Upon graduation from college, they moved to Indianapolis for 10 years, before the company he worked for moved them back to Terre Haute in 1995. They have been members at Eastside since. Tom served as Deacon of Education prior to becoming an Elder in 2010. They have three children: Drew, Bryce, and Sydney. Tom likes to do puzzles and to watch football and basketball, and loves to golf, fish, and serve the Lord.
Frank was born in Huntington, Long Island in 1961. After high school, Frank enlisted and served 3.5 years in the Army. In 1985, he came to Terre Haute and attended college at Ivy Tech COmmunity College. He was introduced to the gospel and was baptized in the mid 1980's at Eastside Church of Christ. He and his wife started the Shine Time ministry in the early 1990's and have led this ever since. In addition, Frank has served as a deacon for several years. He and his wife are both involved in the jail/prison ministry.
Deacon - Outside Building & Grounds
Eric was born and raised in Terre Haute, and was baptized at the age of 12. His father Bob also served as a deacon at Eastside. Eric met his wife Nola, who as from Loas Angeles, California, during a week of camp at Camp Wabashi. They began dating in 1980,and married in 1982. They have two sons, Adam and Evan. Eric likes to watch racing and basketball and enjoys teaching the middle school students at Eastside a quarter or two a year.
Deacon - Congregation Events & Encouragement
Gordy was born in Terre Haute and his wife Polly in Indianapolis. Gordy came to faith and was baptized in 1984 in Brownsburg, Indiana. Polly was raised in the Church of Christ. They met through mutual friends while attending Indiana State University and were married at Eastside in 1985. They have been members at Eastside since 1990. Gordy said, "Eastside was an immediate fit with many wonderful and caring members--we are extremely happy at Eastside." They have two sons, Taylor and Riley. Gordy's hobbies include golf, reading, ISU basketball and traveling. Polly enjoys baking, reading, taking care of her family and traveling.
Deacon - Missions
Wayne and Tomi Padgett have been at Eastside for over twenty years. Both grew up and became Christians in Alabama. They came to Terre Haute when Wayne began teaching Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rose-Hulman Insitute of Technology. Wayne is a deacon with responsibility for missions. He has organized one engineering mission trip to Panama and hopes to return. He also helps manage our Youth Protection Policy. Wayne enjoys camping and old science fiction movies.
Deacon - Benevolence
Ed and his wife Sandy were both born and raised in Logansport, Indiana. Ed was baptized at the age of 18 and Sandy at 11. They met at the Yorktown Road Church of Christ and were married in 1970. Ed was drafted into the Army and is a Vietnam veteran. Upon his return, they moved to Fort Stewart, Georgia for a year before returning to Logansport. They took jobs in Terre Haute in 1988. They visited around the other churches before becoming members at Eastside in 1991. They have two grown sons, Jeremy and Jason, and 3 grandchildren. Ed's hobbies include all sports.
Deacon - Inside Building and Grounds
Seth was born and raised in Terre Haute and was baptized at the age of 12. Seth met his wife Jessica who was from Mt. Carmel, IL during a week of camp and Camp Wabashi. They were married in 2011 and have two children, Lauren and Ezekiel. Seth is a huge Tennessee Volunteers fan and enjoys woodworking, camping, and spending time with his family. Seth graduated in 2009 with a bachelor's degree from Harding University, and in 2011 with a master's degree from Indiana State.