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.
MEET THE GRIFFINS
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.
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.