Leadership

Jason Rehmel

Lead Pastor

Jason has been on staff at Eastside since 2007, when he started serving as the Executive pastor. In 2010, he became the Lead Pastor. Jason loves being in ministry and he knows it is what God created him for… actually it is one of three things God created him for… The other two? To be the best possible husband that he can be to his beautiful wife Tera and to be a connected and loving dad for their two amazing kids. In ministry, the two most fulfilling aspects for Jason are preaching and building connections with people. In his personal life, Jason loves traveling, going to his kids’ sporting events, and spending time with friends while eating great food and sharing stories. 1 John 2:6 says, “whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked,” and it is advice he tries to follow daily.

Jay Hess

Executive Pastor

Jay grew up attending Eastside in the 90's and it ended up becoming a place where he found friends, his wife Melissa, Jesus, and a place to belong. He joined the staff in February of 2019 and balances a mix of ministry, finances and daily operations. When Jay's not at Eastside, you can find him spending time with his wife of 15 years and his two kiddos, Charlotte and Oliver. They like to hike an do pretty much anything outdoors. He likes coffee, anything Apple, and discovering new bands and music.

Brock Heitkamp

Worship Pastor

Brock is the Creative Arts Pastor here at Eastside. Corporate Worship is the place where the body of Christ is gathered together for the purpose of bring God honoring praise. This should be an encouragement to every believer and most of all be focused on the Saving work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Brock leads a large group of volunteers who give their time every week in order to make our weekend experience happen. Whether it’s learning music, practicing music, setting up the auditorium or running various forms of tech this team makes it happen. Brock is also the husband to a lovely wife named Allie and together they have two children,  Oliver and Eleanor. Brock has been on staff at Eastside since December of 2013. In his free time Brock enjoys soccer. He likes to play it in any capacity and he also enjoys watching it on TV. He is a major fan of Manchester City, FC Cincinnati and the USMNT. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and crazy kids! Just give it time and there is a good chance you’ll see his son sneaking up on stage on a Sunday morning or testing the communion juice while he thinks no one is watching… 

Lucas Sagraves

Student Pastor

Lucas serves as the Student Pastor here at Eastside. His biggest passion is to help students find their place within the story of God, knowing that life is entirely transformed through a relationship with Jesus. He leads by equipping our Student Ministry Leaders to walk alongside students and guide them through mentoring relationships. Lucas grew up in the Cincinnati area and graduated from Mason High School in 2014. He then went on to study Theology and Ministry at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN and graduated with a B.A. in 2017. Lucas also ran Cross-Country and Track at both Mason and Lipscomb. Lucas also coaches Cross-Country and Track at Mason High School. Aside from running, his interests include the outdoors, biking, reading, indie music, other NCAA sports, and the NHL. Lucas is married to the lovely and talented Annmarie Sagraves, who also helps lead at Eastside alongside him.

Abby Weinberger

Kids Pastor

Abby is the Children’s Pastor here at Eastside. Her goal is to provide kids with a place where they can discover who God is and lay a firm faith foundation while also having lots of fun! Abby is a Cincinnati native from up in Liberty Twp. She left to study Children’s Ministry at Milligan College in Johnson City, TN and graduated in 2018. While at school, she had the chance to work at some awesome churches and become even more fully convinced that this is what God wants her to do. In her free time, Abby loves reading, baking, knitting, and hanging out in coffee shops. Abby believes that everyone has been given gifts by God for the building up of the church and her passion is connecting people’s gifts with the needs of the church and seeing how it blesses everyone.

Julie Sneed

Executive Assistant

Julie is our Executive Assistant here at Eastside which means that she assists with all executive type things. What it really means is that Julie brings method to everyone else’s madness. Julie has been married to her lovable and bearded husband Tod since 2012. They have two wonderful daughters that make daily life an adventure. Julie and Tod love to hang out with friends, hit up some shows at the Aronoff and get their adrenaline pumping at King’s Island. Julie is excited about Eastside’s desire to continually find better ways to impact and serve the community and she can’t wait to see what God does next!

Mike Lee

Facilities

Mike has been with Eastside since October of 2007. He also works full time with New Life Furniture and has been with them since January of 2013. Mike's current hobbies are gaming, RC Helicopters, Drones, Anime and Netflix. He listens to various types of music and streams gameplay to YouTube and Twitch. God is good. Hooty Hoot. 

What we believe

What is the Gospel?

God

God is the only sovereign, wise, and good Creator of all things, who reigns as King over all creation for His own glory.

ROMANS 11:33-36

Man

Human beings were made in God’s image to love and worship Him forever. But ever since Adam first rebelled against God, we have all been lost in sin, under God’s judgment, and unable to save ourselves.

ROMANS 3:23

Christ

Out of undeserved love and grace, God sent His only Son to save us from sin and reconcile us to Himself through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.

JOHN 3:16

Response

God offers us His gift of salvation by grace, which we receive through faith in Jesus. He makes us new, calls us to leave sin behind, and invites us to join His work in the world.

EPHESIANS 2:8-10