Our Staff

 
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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.
Executive Pastor
Bob Winters
 
Bob retired in 2012 after 30 years in the pharmaceutical Industry. Shortly thereafter Bob and his wife, Lynn, moved to Smith Mountain Lake. After playing retirement for several years, Bob felt God’s calling to use his business training for kingdom work. Bob joined our staff in 2018. They have 3 sons and 5 grandchildren. Bob enjoys all things family and just about every sport. Though being a Purdue Boilermaker limits his sport bragging rights! He likes doing home improvement projects and spending time woodworking.
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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, Madison, and Jack
 
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.
Ministers of Congregational Care
Mac & Kris  McKenzie
 
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Family Life Pastors
Jonathan & Sandy Brown
 
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Youth Pastor
Matthew Cragun

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College Pastor
Tanner Holt

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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 and Charlotte. They both are on our team at Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy (SMLCA), Lincoln serving as school administrator and Lynn as first grade teacher.
 
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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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.
Technical Director
Matthew Wilson

Matthew Wilson is the Technical Director at EastLake Community Church in Moneta, VA. In 2018 he joined the staff as an intern, and in 2019 came on full time. Matthew graduated from Johnson University, in Knoxville Tennessee in 2018 with degrees in both Bible and Communications. Growing up in Tennessee Matthew enjoys the outdoors and hiking, and good food! He enjoys traveling, and keeps up to date with the latest technology. 

 
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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.