Scott Hinsche: Senior Pastor
Scott is our senior pastor. He has been in full-time ministry since 2010. He previously practiced law for eight years. His favorite ministry responsibility has always been teaching the Word of God. One of his primary ministry goals is to increase the involvement of church members in service, both inside and especially outside of the church walls. Scott grew up in Huntington Beach, CA. He received a B.B.A. in Accounting from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, a Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, CA., and a Masters in Divinity from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena. Scott loves movies, photography, reading, hiking, volleyball, tennis, pretty much anything athletic, traveling, watching college basketball, listening to music, and people. Scott is blessedly married to his incredibly supportive wife and ministry partner, Kerry. They are blessed with a daughter named Lily and a son named Jack.
Roger Younger: Associate Pastor of Ministry Development
Roger was born and raised here in the Willamette Valley. Accepted Christ and Baptized at 12 years old but did not really come around until the age of 25 with the influence of Godly friends. He spent 20 years in the mid-west where God called him into full-time ministry which he fulfilled 6 years later at Eastside Christian Church in 2011. Roger says that his life of the last 5 years has changed for the best with the reward of being a grandpa. He has been married to his wonderful bride of 37 years, Nancy. Their daughter Rachelle and her family live here in Albany, and their son Matt and his family live in Columbus, Ohio.
Goldie Toews: Office Manager
Goldie was born in Tacoma, Washington and was raised in a Christian home and attended Grace Missionary Baptist Church. At the age of nine she accepted Christ and was baptized. In middle school, her family moved to Scio, Oregon. In high school, she attended the youth group here at Eastside Christian Church. She graduated from LBCC with an AA degree in 1996 and got married the same year. After returning to Albany after living in California for five years, she became a member of Eastside in 2002. She and her husband have two children. Goldie enjoys attending Christian concerts and scrap-booking. She has held the position of Office Manager since 2014. Goldie is involved with Children’s Ministry and enjoys serving with those in the congregation.
Erica Johnston: Children’s Ministry Director
Erica was born and raised in Roseburg, Oregon where she grew up with her mom, dad and younger brother, Tony. She moved to Eugene in 2011 with Tony to pursue her B.A in Christian Ministry with an emphasis on pastoral ministry and psychology. She moved to Albany in 2016 when she married her husband, Michael. They have two children, Hannah and Noah. Currently, she is pursuing her M.A. in marriage, couple and family therapy at George Fox University. Erica loves to cook and enjoys teaching her children how to cook all her family’s recipes. She and her husband like to play board games and watch movies together. Her favorite animals are cats and sharks. She loves the color purple and anything with sparkles. God instilled in her years ago, a passion for working with families and children within and outside of His church. In doing this, we can create disciples of children (Proverbs 22:6) and their families (Acts 16).
Hunter Hoover: Youth Pastor
Hunter grew up in a small town near Great Falls, Montana. He accepted Christ when he was 4 years old. Though he grew up in the church, he took a lot of things for granted. In high school, he was challenged to really apply his faith. He felt the Lord directing him toward youth ministry and teaching. He then attended Corban University, where he met Ana. They got married just shy of two years later. They have been blessed with their son, Sylas, born in November 2016. For fun, Hunter has become increasingly appreciative of board games and podcasts. Owls are his preferred animal. Also, he tends to wear shorts and fun socks whenever possible.
Grace Atkins: Office Assistant
Grace was born in Iowa and raised in Nebraska but has lived all over the USA. However, her favorite place by far is Oregon. She was saved at the age of seven and rededicated her life to Him at 21 much to her mother’s delight. Grace has five children who she loves very much and can’t wait to have grandchildren someday. She is currently homeschooling her youngest and treasures this time with him, hoping to train him up in the way he should go. She feels very blessed to have a wonderful church family and to be able to work at a job where she can serve the people she loves.
Michael Wall: Facilities Maintenance
Michael takes incredible care of our church facilities. He was born in Portland Oregon. He is an Oregonian tried and true. He came to Christ during the summer just after he graduated from high school in 1983. Michael was baptized in the Clackamas River. He then spent his early Christian years at a small church near Carver, OR. He loves running, singing, laughing and watching criminal television shows like Law & Order.