As a church, we are led by our eldership. While "elder" is one scriptural title, perhaps "shepherd" best describes the responsibility (1 Pet 5:2-4). They serve to guide us through teaching and direction (Heb 13:17), much as trusted shepherds do (Acts 20:28), following the direction of the Lord as the Good Shepherd (Ezek 34:15, John 10:14). We currently have three shepherds: Fred Bishop, Jeff Souder, and Evan Casey.
Fred Bishop began worshiping with Eastview in 2005, and was appointed as one of Eastview's shepherds in 2006. He and his wife Stella live in Borden, Indiana. Fred has a wealth of experience in both teaching and preaching the gospel.
"I have heard several people say, “There is something very special about Eastview”. I agree. Stella and I recognized it when we were visiting before we placed our membership here. At the time it was hard to define, but I believe it is simply the love our members have for one another, based on the love we have for our Heavenly Father. Certainly all Christians love God and one another, but I don't think that love is as evident in some congregations as it is here."
Jeff Souder joined the Eastview family in 1999, along with his wife and sons. He his wife Kim live in Pekin, Indiana. After serving as a deacon for several years, he took up the mantle of shepherd in 2012. Jeff takes special pride in leading in worship music.
"I am continually impressed by the prayers led by the men of our congregation, and how sincerely those sentiments are felt by all the members. And the congregational singing is done with smiles, enthusiasm, and joy! We are happy to be here, and we hope you can join us and experience the happiness of worshiping God with us!"
Evan Casey has been a shepherd at Eastview since 2019. He began worshiping with Eastview with his wife Lydia and their three daughters in 2014. His family continues to live in Salem, Indiana. Evan has been blessed with many years of preaching and evangelism across the Midwest, as well as in Budapest and Székesfehérvár, Hungary.
"My family was drawn to the Eastview congregation because of its friendliness, its stand for the truth, and its interest in preaching only from God’s word."