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.
C.J. Briner has been serving in youth ministry for over a decade. He believes that youth are the future of the church, and molding their faith is essential to the life and future of the church. His goal is to come alongside parents and help them enrich and grow their children’s faith. C.J. is first and foremost married to his beautiful wife, Hollie. They have 3 sons.
When he is not leading and interacting with the youth at Eastlake, you can find him at his full time job as a Fabrication Shop Manager at Holland Company. In his free time he enjoys hanging with his family, long-boarding, sports, and sleep.
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.
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.