I grew up in Danville, Indiana and graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Agribusiness Management. After several years in sales, my wife and I moved to Michigan where I attended Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary and served as Associate Pastor of Youth and Christian Education at Orangeville Baptist Church in Plainwell. In the fall of 2007, we moved to Crawfordsville and started our current adventure of faith!

A verse that gives direction to my ministry is Colossians 1:28-29; “We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works in me.” 

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Hi, I’m Pastor Nate. God directed me and my family to East Side in 2012. We love it here and are excited to see what God will do in and through us here.  

Before coming to East Side, I was all over the world. I grew up in Cedarville, Ohio (mostly), but while in high school I moved with my family to Zambia, Africa to serve as missionaries. I graduated from Clarks Summit University (’99) & Baptist Bible Seminary (’05) in northeast Pennsylvania before moving to Indiana, where I served for 10 years as Program Director at Twin Lakes Camp. Before coming to East Side I also served briefly as the Discipleship Pastor at another church.

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Luke Franzen
Pastoral Intern/Worship Leader
Sarah Lewis
 Administrative Assistant