Jared is a man outstanding in his field, literally. He is an agronomist who has a love for corn and skid-steers. When not out getting muddy in a field, he is with his wife Leah and their four kids. He has a love for people and serves as a lay pastor who oversees member care. Jared also teaches a Sunday School class. His love for the Bible is evident in every conversation, as is his love for missions work in Germany.
He grew up in Virginia knowing nothing about Jesus. Yet, God saved Pastor Chris at the age of 18 and since then, the Gospel of Jesus has been his passion. He is a graduate of The Master’s University and received his MDiv. from The Master’s Theological Seminary. He and his wife Sarah have four children. Chris always stands out in a crowd with his zoological and floral attire. Despite now living in the midwest, he continues to be a diehard L.A. Dodgers fan, and has an allergic reaction to camping. You can read the over-abundance of hashtags that Chris puts on Twitter here and see all the antics of the Barksdale clan on Facebook here or Instagram here.
Dr. Scott grew up in this church and is a graduate of Bethesda Christian Schools, where he fell in love with his wife Joanna. He and Joanna have three kids. Scott is a research chemist and a chemistry teacher at BCS. While Scott really adds to the chemistry of the pastoral team, the other pastors rarely understand what he is talking about when he begins to discuss atoms, neutrons, and calculus equations. He serves as a lay pastor who oversees member care and he enjoys teaching people the doctrines of Scripture.
He and his wife Tammy have been a part of this church family for 27 years, serving in various ministries. As a lay pastor, Steve specifically oversees our church's finances and policy committee. Steve also teaches a Sunday School class. While he spends his days working in the insurance industry, his true passion lies in speed walking, and pursuing his Olympic dreams in that event. However, Steve is more comfortable in the water than on land when he finds the opportunity to go diving.
Justin is a 2nd generation pastor. He did his undergraduate work at Baptist Bible College (now Summit University) and his graduate work at Biola University. He and his wife Emily have three daughters. Prior to joining the pastoral staff at Parkside, he taught high school Bible for 5 years. Justin is a fan of all Indianapolis sports, although he still can’t figure out why Indy Eleven fans cheer for tie games. You’ll find him posting on Facebook about his family here and on his true social media love, Twitter.
Eddie is a graduate of BCS, Moody Bible Institute, and is currently seeking his Masters of Biblical Studies from Moody Theological Seminary. He is a former missionary to Mexico and still randomly shouts things in Spanish. Since he thoroughly enjoys traveling the world to see all that God is doing, his fellow pastors enjoy calling him the Pastor of International Travel. Eddie is married to Sara, and can be spotted outside hiking and camping, consuming large amounts of coffee, and enjoying soccer...but not baseball.
He and his wife Gretchen have two little boys running around the house preparing to be little soccer players some day. As a lay pastor, Josh helps oversee our youth ministries. Josh is also the campus pastor at Bethesda Christian Schools where he teaches Bible classes and disciples students. While he did grow up in Michigan, he is a huge Ohio State fan. You will often hear him shout, GO BUCKEYES!