Pastor

Rev. Dale Byrd

Dale came to Eastside in November 2014 after 20+ years of youth ministry. Dale loves people and doesn't want one person to miss out on Eternity with Jesus. Dale is a transparent pastor that preaches the word of God in a simple straight forward way that everyone can understand. Dale sincerely cares about others and desires to be a blessing. Dale's partners in ministry are his wife Linda and his three children - Lydia, Hannah and Caleb. Dale loves and cherishes his wife and often says he "out punted his coverage" when he speaks of her. Linda is a gifted nurse, a committed and loving wife and mother, and a faithful servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. Dale and Linda along with the kids love serving the Lord together and have fun doing it.


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Minister of Music & Education

Rev. Jeremy McSwain

We are honored to be serving at Eastside as Minister of Music/Education. I am from the Shelby area and have worked and served in this region for most of my life at Boiling Springs Elementary and Crestview Baptist Church. We have just returned after 7 years with the International Mission Board in Moscow, Russia. We are excited about the plans God has for Eastside and look forward to watching Him work in our lives, our community, our country, and around the world. My family - Deana, Kellan, and Ella are also excited to be a part of this church family!.


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Associate Pastor/ Youth Ministry

Rev. Ernie Blanton

Ernie began ministry at Eastside on April 1st of 2018 as the new Associate Pastor/Youth Minister. He has been involved in youth ministry for over 13 years and has also worked as the part-time Area Representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Cleveland County for over 12 years. Ernie has a passion to reach youth and their families for Jesus. He believes everyone has a spiritual gift that God has given to them after they accept Jesus and he feels it’s important to come alongside young people as well as their parents and help them find, nurture, and grow those gifts. He is blessed to have a loving wife and ministry partner in Shannon, who he has been married to for more than 21 years. She is a Biology teacher at Burns High School. They have two wonderful children, Jeremy and Morgan, who keep them very busy with all their sports and activities.


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Director of Children's Ministry

Jessica Melton

Jessica has been the Director of Children’s Ministry at Eastside since November 2011. Following her graduation from Pensacola Christian College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education, she has dedicated her life to sharing Jesus’ love with children and letting them know how much He wants to be a part of their lives. Her church ministry is focused on leading children to develop and grow a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Jessica has enjoyed working with children for almost 20 years in the fields of education, social work, and church ministry. She believes that children should have fun as they experience their Lord’s love through musicals, children’s drama programs, Christian camps, mission projects, and educational activities. Jessica‘s husband Everett is a partner in her children’s ministry by helping build stages, driving the children, and assisting in activities. She and Everett are the proud parents of four young children, Joshua, twins- Eric and Zackary, and Lilyana. She invites you and your children to become a part of our loving church and this vibrant children’s ministry.


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Office Administrator

Marsha Carsner

Marsha Carsner, Eastside’s Office Administrator, and Curt, her husband and best friend, have lived in Shelby for 20 years. Originally from Ohio, Marsha especially loves the moderate weather and short winters here in NC. They have 4 children and four grandchildren, who fill their hearts and home with love and laughter, and lots of activity! Marsha enjoys being outside in the sunshine, gardening, hiking, all travel, and laughter. Marsha is active in her home church serving in many different areas including childcare, volunteer meals, missions, and meeting and greeting guests.


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Cathy Willis-Church Hostess

1165 Wyke Road Shelby, NC 28150

704.487.9682