What We Believe

Every person has worth as a creation of God, but all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)


The Bible is the inspired Word of God - a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. 

(2 Timothy 3:16; Psalm 119:105)


Forgiveness of sin and the promise of eternal life are available to those who trust Christ as Savior. (John 3:16; Acts 16:31)

Going Deeper

The Bible:

The Bible is the basis for our belief as a church.

The Bible is uniquely God inspired, without error, and the final authority on all matters on which it bears.


There is one God, eternally existing in three persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-each possessing all the attributes of deity.

God created humans to have fellowship with Him.


Humans sin against God by thinking, saying, and doing what displeases God.

As a result, we need God’s saving grace to end our separation from God.


Salvation comes through God’s grace alone in Jesus Christ alone.

One cannot be saved by human effort.

Salvation is an act of repentance and faith.


Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on earth

Jesus voluntarily paid for our sin by dying on the cross as our substitute.

This accomplished salvation for all who receive grace by trusting in Jesus alone for salvation.

Jesus rose from the dead and is the only mediator between people and God.

Jesus will return to earth one day.

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Ben Atchley: Ben is the current preaching  elder for  Eastside Christian Church.  Ben has been married to his wife Eileen for 14 years. Their home in Tangent always has a rocking chair empty for someone  to enjoy. 

Ray Knuth: Ray currently oversees the  finances and budget  for Eastside Christan Church.  His top priority is  serving God  by helping meet the needs and concerns  of our  congregation.  He has been married to his wife Sheila for 38 years.

David Vanderburg: David leads a bible study during the week. He is also a bee keeper. He and his lovely wife Janece are an intergal part of our church body.

Scott Christian:  Scott enjoys fishing, camping, hunting  and just enjoying  Gods  creation.  He has been married to his wife  Pam for  43 years.

Josh Christian: Josh has been married to his wife Emily  for 19 years  and has 2  teenage children.

Dean Baugh: Dean  serves on  our finance team.  He has been married  to his  wife  Joanna for 42 years.

Jerry Hoover: Jerry has been married to his wife Wendy for 44 years. He is our Awana Commander. He enjoys Gardening, fishing and playing with his grandchildren.


Ben Atchley: Ben has been serving as our Head Pastor since 2020. He is also our current Preaching Elder. Ben was born, raised and spent most of his life in the Willamette Valley. He Graduated from Liberty Baptist College (now Liberty University) with a BA in Theology. He  and his Wife Eileen always have an open rocking chair, at their home in Tangent, if someone wants to enjoy it.

Hunter Hoover: Hunter is the Youth Pastor as well as the Young Adults Pastor. Hunter grew up in a small town near Great Falls, Montana. He felt the Lord directing him toward youth ministry and teaching. Hunter graduated from Corban University where he met his wife Ana. They have two children.

Kyle and Rachael Fischer: Kyle and Rachael have been Worship Leaders at ECC since 2017. In addition to leading worship they also oversee the media and sound tech teams. Recently they have been connecting and helping with the youth group at ECC. They have one Son.

Michael Wall: Michael is our custodian. He came to ECC in 1995. Michael has lived in Oregon all his life, leaving for 4 years to attend Boise Bible College in Idaho. He met his wife Kimberly at Boise Bible College, they were married in 1993. They have two adult children. 

Goldie Toews: Goldie is our Office Manager, she has been running the office since 2014. Goldie was born in Tacoma, WA. Her family moved to Scio, OR when she was in middle school. Goldie Graduated from LBCC with an AA degree in 1996. She was married the same year. Goldie and her husband Justin have two adult children.

Ana Hoover: Ana is our office assistant, she started working in the office September of 2023. Ana was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Idaho as a small child. Ana attended Corban University for a short time where she met her husband Hunter. They have two children.

"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