Pastor Ben was born and raised in Grand Haven, Michigan, and attended Tennessee Temple University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems.
He finished his Master of Divinity with Liberty Theological Seminary (Lynchburg, VA) in December of 2012, and earned his Doctor of Ministry degree with Grace Theological Seminary (Winona Lake, IN) in 2016.
Pastor Ben was called to preach in 2000 while attending Lupton Drive Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and was ordained to the ministry in that church. He served for one year as assistant/interim pastor in Florida, five years as pastor in West Virginia, and nine years in Bremen, Indiana. He came to Eastlake in April of 2017.
Pastor Ben and his wife Lori have four children. He also serves on the board of Portage Christian School in Portage, Indiana.
To read some of Pastor Ben’s writings, please visit his personal website at www.benhammond.org.
Caleb graduated from Moody Bible Institute in May 2023 as a pastoral major. He returned to his home church at Eastlake and became the pastor of youth in July 2023. He is responsible for all ministries from birth through twelfth grade.
Caleb plays both acoustic and electric guitar for both the Eastlake Praise Team and Echo Praise, Eastlake’s youth band.
Linda joined the staff at Eastlake Baptist Church in 2005 as Administrative Assistant. She and her husband Mike have 2 children. Linda enjoys reading, cross-stitching and crocheting in her free time. Monday through Thursday you will find her in the church office taking care of various duties including answering the church phone, preparing the weekly church bulletin, and keeping everything running smoothly.
Austin has been leading the praise and technology teams at Eastlake since 2020. He is a graduate of Indiana University Northwest and is a full time English teacher at River Forest High School.
In his spare time, he likes to root for Notre Dame and the Indianapolis Colts.