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Eric Dubach

Lead Pastor

Eric became the Lead Pastor at Brookside Church in April of 2014. Before that, Eric grew up in Leo, Indiana, then moved to Marion, Indiana, then to Lexington, Kentucky, then to Richmond, Indiana, and finally back home to Fort Wayne. In between, Eric received his Bachelors in Christian Ministry and Philosophy from Indiana Wesleyan University and his Masters in Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. He has served as a Young Adult and Young Families Pastor as well as a Campus Pastor.

While at Indiana Wesleyan University, Eric met Heather, who graciously agreed to marry him after graduation and have been married since 2005. Since then, they have added daughters Olivia and Evelyn and a son Judah.

Eric's passion is to preach the Bible in relevant and applicable ways and to lead Brookside Church to bring people far from God close to Him through Jesus.

Jesse Hanna

Spiritual Formation Pastor

Jesse came to Brookside in March of 2016 to serve as the Spiritual Formation Pastor. He loves helping people move closer to God through Jesus. He grew up in Leo and attended Ball State University where he met his wife Amy. They have been married for 16 years and have two wonderful daughters. Jesse and Amy have been in ministry working as a team with teenagers, parents, adults and everything in between for 16 years. Jesse received his Master of Arts in Religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 2011. The Hanna family is grateful to serve at Brookside Church and invest in people all over Fort Wayne.

Tyler Nickols

Worship Pastor

Tyler started at Brookside as the Worship Pastor in September of 2015. He grew up in Harlan, Indiana just outside of Fort Wayne. After graduating from Blackhawk Christian High School, he went to Hillsong International Leadership College in Sydney, Australia where he graduated from their Worship and Creative Arts program. Tyler has a passion for worshiping Jesus and leading others to do the same. He is married to his best friend, Natalie and they have a son named Will and a daughter, Jane. They are excited to be a part of the Brookside family.

Kent Keener

Care Ministries Pastor

Care Ministries exists to encourage people in the midst of jubliation, or in a period of suffering and loss with the compassionate presence of Jesus Christ. If it is the birth of a baby, an illness, or a family crisis, pastoral care encourages and supports members of the Brookside family.

The Care Pastor and other helpers provide regular visits and comfort to those persons who are in area hospitals and care facilities. Pastoral Care also provides visits and communion to others who are unable to attend the regular worship services.

Kent has served as Pastor of Care Ministries at Brookside Church for 12 years. He and his wife, Barbara, have 4 grown children.

If you or a family member desire a visit from a pastor or helper, call 260-485-9665.

Marla Dellinger

Executive Director

As Executive Director, Marla is responsible for overseeing the staff and facilities at Brookside Church. After graduating from Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and working in the corporate world for over 20 years, she is excited to serve full time at Brookside as it is her passion to support people to know and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ! Marla and her husband, Brig, have been part of the Brookside family since 1998, and have been blessed with two children, Steven and Emma.

Josh King

High School Pastor

Josh was born in Lansing, Michigan and moved to Fort Wayne his junior year of high school. He was an intern in the Pathway Impact Program and is "super passionate about seeing students become closer to God and developing a lifelong and passionate relationship with Him." He loves playing video games, basketball and soccer and cheers for the Chicago Bulls and Manchester United Soccer. Josh is married to his beautiful wife Kendyl.

Josiah Joseph

Middle School Pastor

Josiah was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, but has lived in Fort Wayne most of his life. He was an intern and small group leader for the Pathway Impulse Middle School program. Growing up, his passions were playing drums for the youth group and expressing his creativity through photography. After graduating from Carroll High School in 2014, he went to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue a youth ministry internship at Grace Fellowship Church for nine months. During that process, and in recent years, he has enjoyed being a small group leader, and has found his calling in youth ministry. He is excited to develop relationships with middle schoolers and to see them passionately pursue Jesus.

Kelley Lothamer

Children's Director

Kelley has been given a huge heart for children and remains confident her duties in heaven will heavily be centered around holding babies.

Born and raised in Fort Wayne, Kelley began attending Brookside during her senior year at New Haven High School. After graduating in 2005, Kelley met the love of her life while receiving an education at IPFW; Tyler and she were married at Brookside in December of 2007.

Tyler and Kelley have three beautiful, awesome, challenging kiddos; Reece, Harper and Lewis. As a family, the Lothamers find it a true blessing to call Brookside home and serve in Children's Ministry.


Brookside Church | 6102 Evard Rd | Fort Wayne IN 46835 | PH 260-485-9665
Service Times: 8:00, 9:30, 11:00 A.M.