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.
Harry L. Hyde
Harry lived in Lima, Ohio for the first 18 years of his early life then moved to Fort Wayne to attend college and never left. He married Lynnette after a two year courtship by mail and one month after she returned from a two year mission stint. It’s true they knew each other longer than two years but nonetheless it was an inexpensive courtship! They have four grown sons and 10 grandchildren.
Harry was a juvenile probation officer after college. Then he became involved in what he never anticipated earlier in life: God’s call to be a pastor, missionary and administrator. He loves traveling, watching the grandchildren play and squeal, and reading his Bible (he owns over 30 different kinds of Bibles).
Brookside has been Harry’s home base for over 40 years. Whether living in Chicago, Adrian, Michigan, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Cincinnati or Venezuela Brookside has been a rock of stability through life’s journey.
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 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. They are excited to be a part of the Brookside family.
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.
As Director of Children’s Ministries, Marla is responsible for overseeing the care and spiritual growth for children infants through grade 4. After graduating from Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and working in the corporate world for over 20 years, she is excited to serve full time in Children’s Ministries as it is her passion to support children and their families 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 wonderful children, Steven and Emma.
As Brookside Connections Director, Amanda’s goal is to shepherd Brookside guests into an engaging environment where they feel right at home. She oversees friendly Connection Responders, hosts, ushers, Welcome Center volunteers, and the Coffee Café staff who energetically walk alongside each guest from first visit to first small group. The mission of the Connections Team is to love others as Christ loved us. Amanda has 9 years in sales, public relations, and business management, and taught preschool at Blackhawk Christian School before coming on staff at Brookside in January 2017. She and her husband Matt have two children and enjoy the craziness that comes with raising them.
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 will marry his beautiful fiancee Kendyl on May 6.