EASTSIDE HISTORY

Adam Griffin’s desire to make disciples in East Dallas merged with The Village Church’s desire to plant churches, and Eastside Community Church was born.

The leaders of The Village Church felt a growing conviction to see the gospel go forth in DFW and beyond by planting churches near and far. This now includes a church in East Dallas, where hundreds of individuals and families from The Village already resided.

For several years, while Adam Griffin was leading as an elder and executive team member of The Village Church, God was preparing the way for Adam to lead a local church on the side of town where he lives. As a pastor and long-time resident of East Dallas, Adam’s passion to be a part of the reconciling work of God in Dallas grew in him a burden to see the gospel invade this beautiful, influential community that so desperately needs the Lord.

In late 2017 and early 2018, as the Griffins began to share the possibility of a new local church with their friends and others residing in East Dallas, it became clear that God had given this same desire and vision for a new local church with many, many others as well. Eastside Community Church started with a generous and gifted launch team of over 500 men, women, and children as well as 3 full time and 3 part time staff all eager to love one God, love all people, and make disciples everywhere together. Eastside officially launched on October 7th, 2018 in the auditorium of Conrad High School in the Vickery Meadow neighborhood of East Dallas.

 

It has been a privilege and pleasure to serve alongside Adam Griffin for the past 8 years. He has played many different roles at The Village Church and has excelled at them all. He is a man who leads and loves well. I am eager to see how God will use him as he plants a new Gospel work in East Dallas.
— MATT CHANDLER, Lead Pastor of The Village Church
I am beyond excited and thank the Lord that He called a responsible and faithful man like Adam to bring the Gospel to our unique community. I personally can’t wait to see how the Lord is going to transform lives through this new Gospel-centered congregation.
— ZACH GARZA, Founder and Executive Director of Forerunner Mentoring
I have witnessed the impact of Adam’s service in our community. Our city needs church leaders who understand the need to love Jesus, share the gospel and teach biblically, and I believe Adam will follow these principles to impact our community in amazing ways.
— ADAM MCGOUGH, Dallas City Councilman

MEET THE GRIFFINS

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Adam and his wife, Chelsea, have been married since 2010, and God has blessed them with three incredible sons: Oscar, Gus and Theodore. Adam started in full time ministry in 2003. He has served as a family minister, student minister, high school teacher, Young Life leader, speaker and, for the last six years before becoming Eastside’s Lead Pastor, as an elder, pastor and executive at The Village Church. He has completed a Bachelor’s in Education and Theology at Concordia University Wisconsin, a Master’s in Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Certificate of Youth and Family Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Educational Ministry in Executive Leadership at Southern Seminary where he studied racial reconciliation and the city of Dallas.

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Adam Griffin first drew my respect when he mentored my oldest son as a high school student. Working alongside him for the past five years has only deepened and expanded that respect. He is prodigiously gifted as a communicator and a leader, characterized by wisdom, intuition, and a deeply pastoral heart. I am grateful for his voice and his vision.
— JEN WILKIN, author of Women of the Word and None Like Him
There is no doubt in my mind that God is going to use Adam to impact the city for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is a natural leader, a strong communicator and has the gift to rally people and unite them for a common mission.
— NOE GARCIA, Senior Pastor North Phoenix Baptist Church Phoenix, Arizona
Adam has reached out and developed relationships with neighborhood schools and engaged with other community based organizations in order to spread the gospel. His courage, personal warmth and passion for the Gospel will serve him well as he leads the church planting effort in East Dallas. I could not think of a better Christian man to lead a new church than Adam Griffin.
— JIM TREBILCOCK, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Adam Griffin is a faithful servant and unique leader. I have had the privilege of serving alongside him in ministry for over 8 years and have seen up close his shepherding heart, insightful leadership, and compelling communication. Adam not only has led the church faithfully in role, but, more importantly, he has led his family in an exemplary manner. Given the gifts entrusted to him, his passion for Christ, and his history of faithful stewardship of all that is put before him, I am eager to support Adam and the church he is planting.
— JOSH PATTERSON, Lead Pastor The Village Church Flower Mound, Texas
Adam began with The Village in 2010 and has consistently grown as a pastor and leader among our staff. In the spaces that Adam serves and leads he has demonstrated an ability to cast vision and catalyze staff and members towards ministry. He leads with grace, is a good coach and models a pastors heart. He exemplifies the qualifications of an elder well, and I am encouraged by the humility he is stepping forward in faith to follow this calling to plant a church.
— BRIAN MILLER, Lead Pastor The Village Church Flower Mound, Texas
Adam is immensely gifted as a thought leader and communicator and exhibits a deep love and missional zeal for the city of Dallas, but beyond his tangible and versatile gift set rests a foundation of character and integrity that is above reproach. Adam is not just a man you should support, but a man to be followed as he follows Christ.
— MIKE DSANE, Lead Pastor King’s Harbor Church Torrance, California
I have known Adam Griffin for over 10 years now and I have always been incredibly impressed with how gifted he is as a communicator, a shepherd and an evangelist. I will encourage my own friends and family to join him, as I know that they will look more like Jesus because of his leadership.
— BLAKE CHILTON, Lead Pastor Declaration Church College Station, Texas
I’ve had the privilege of walking with Adam and witnessing his love for God, the church, and the city of Dallas firsthand for years. He is one of the most thoughtful and passionate
pastors that I’ve had the opportunity to serve with.
— BEAU HUGHES, Lead Pastor The Village Church Denton, Texas
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THE BOARD

Until Eastside has a board of Elders, it will be governed by a temporary decision making board made up of launch team members.

Steve Stigall, Caroline Smiley, Ron Trevino, Taylor Kulovitz, Jay Leftwich, Steven Pirtle, Nick Elizondo, and Adam Griffin

Please pray for these faithful men and women while they seek the will of God for this new church.