Our Staff

Senior Pastor
Troy Keaton
Troy, his wife Janel, and their 4 children came to EastLake as the founding pastor in 2005. Much has changed over the course of the past several years. His oldest daughter Natalie married a wonderful young man, Keith Bryan and recently gave birth to Carson. Allyson has just graduated from Ohio Christian University and will be teaching at Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy, TJ is a student at Liberty University. And Trever is finishing up his sophomore year at SMLCA.
One thing has remained the same for Pastor Troy and his family. They are passionate about knowing God and doing something significant in the kingdom.
Troy loves spending time with his wife and kids. He enjoys doing home improvement on their house in Hardy. He loves to golf and fish, and has an unfulfilled desire to run a marathon.
Associate Pastor
Ben Peak
Ben joined our staff in 2009. He and his wife, Cora, are the parents of two beautiful daughters, Quintana and Isabel, and a new son named Marshall.
Ben is passionate about leading people into the presence of Jesus through music and worship. He is also passionate about strengthening families and helping husbands and wives grow in their ability to be godly spouses and parents.
Ben loves golf, Kentucky basketball, Bojangles, music of many genres, and sweet tea. And he likes flip flops, mostly because he likes to be warm.
14Youth Pastor and SMLCA School Administrator
Lincoln Bryan
Lincoln has been a part of our staff from the beginning. After serving on the student ministry team at our parent church, Parkway House of Prayer, he felt God lead him to help plant ELCC as our youth pastor.
He and his wife, Lynn, have two children, Keith and Kelsea, a daughter-in-law (who happens to be Pastor Troy’s oldest daughter, Natalie), and are also grandparents to Carson. They both are on our team at Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy (SMLCA), Lincoln serving as school administrator and Lynn as first grade teacher. Kelsea has also joined the staff at SMLCA.
Lincoln enjoys hunting and fishing, but most of all he loves working with young people. And he is doing an incredible job leading our children and teens towards Jesus.
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Aaron Wetherald
Aaron came to Eastlake in 2013 as part of the first APP team and joined the staff in 2014. He and his wife, Gretchen, are the proud parents of Grant and Madison.
Since graduating from college in 2007 Aaron has been an assistant pastor and school teacher. He enjoys playing and listening to music (even some Southern Gospel), working on cars and painting.
His sports loyalties are split between Ohio (Buckeyes and Reds) and North Carolina (Tarheels and Panthers). Some of his friends think he is just a fan of whoever is winning.
From a young age Aaron felt God’s will on his life to ministry. His passion is to see unsaved people brought to Christ through an effective family of believers.
Church Planting Pastor
Nathan Gumbiner
Nathan came to ELCC in 2013 to join the APP program and spend some time preparing and being mentored to plant his own church in the Dallas, Texas area. At the end of his time on the APP staff, Nathan came on staff as the Pastor of Church Planting. In the Summer of 2015 we launched The Chapel at EastLake, a secondary worship venue on site. Nathan serves as Campus Pastor.
Nathan graduated from God’s Bible School & College in 2010 with degrees in both Bible and Theology and Music Ministry. Nathan was a youth pastor in Cincinnati, OH for almost four years before joining the ELCC staff.
Nathan loves all Chicago sports, except the Cubs, and he is a huge Notre Dame fan. He loves playing music and is an Apple nerd!
12823315_1576639812663433_3606030833644714156_oLeadership and Renewal Coach
Daniel Henderson
Through our partnership with Strategic Renewal,  Daniel is coming alongside our team as a pastoral coach, prayer mobilizer and Bible teacher. 
Daniel has served as a pastor of several large churches and on the staff at Liberty University, and is the President of Strategic Renewal, working  to bring prayer-based revitalization to churches all around the country. He and his wife, Rosemary, have been married for over 35 years and presently live in Denver, CO. They are parents to three children and have eight grandchildren.
Daniel will be working closely with Pastor Troy, our staff, our core leadership, and our church as a whole serving as a catalyst for prayer and renewal at EastLake, in our community, and in our world. Strategic Renewal is also our key partner in our vision for the development of our Retreat Center for pastors. We are so blessed to have him join our team and look forward to what God is going to do through him.
Children’s Director
Jessica Cravens
Jessica moved to the SML area last fall to join the APP program. In the Fall of 2015 she officially joined our church staff and is serving as the director of children’s ministry.
In 2010, Jessica graduated from God’s Bible School & College with a BA in Music Education and has been teaching in Christian school and working in children’s ministry for several years. She currently also teaches elementary music at Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy.
Jessica is passionate about children, music, and teaching. Her desire is to help children know God, grow in their faith, and inspire them to share Him with others. She loves the lake, loves to laugh, loves to sing, and loves chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream!
Minister of Congregational Care
Alice Peverall
Alice retired early from her career in law enforcement so that she could help plant ELCC. She has one daughter, Bailey. Since the beginning she has been highly involved with a host of responsibilities from church administration to leading mission teams.
Her desire in ministry is to comfort the hurting and bring the love of Jesus in difficult times. She is currently leading the Celebrate Recovery ministry which launched this Spring.
Alice continues to spends several weeks each year leading others to new experiences on mission trips. She loves people and is working to help fulfill our mission to reach them with the Gospel.
Office Administrator
Denise France
Denise and her husband, Maver, are the parents of four children (Amy, Lori, Tina, and Ronald) and grandparents of four (Ayla, Hailey, Kaylana, and Jahiem). In 2008 they moved from Massachusetts to Moneta along with their two youngest children. They sensed God was directing them to be involved in church planting and He led them to EastLake.
Denise quickly volunteered in the office and nursery, and soon became our office administrator. She now leads our nursery ministry, as well, and teaches a middle school Sunday school class with Maver.
She is a baseball fan (Boston Red Sox, of course) and loves NASCAR and Jeremy Camp. More than all of that, she loves her family.