OUR TEAM

Dr. Ben Hammond

Senior Pastor

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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.

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Caleb Hammond

Pastor of Youth

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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. He is also currently working toward his Master of Divinity degree.

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Tina Koritko

Administrative Assistant

Tina joined the staff at Eastlake Baptist Church in December of 2023 as Administrative Assistant. She enjoys spending time with her husband Rob, who serves as the chief of security at Eastlake. Tina also homeschools her two sons and enjoys gardening, volunteering in her community, and learning more about the Lord. If you call Eastlake, it is likely that Tina’s pleasant voice will be on the other end of the line.  

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Linda Dault

Financial Manager

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Linda joined the staff at Eastlake Baptist Church in 2005 as Administrative Assistant. In December of 2023 her role shifted to financial manager. Linda and her husband Mike, who is a deacon at EBC, have 2 children and two grandchildren. Linda enjoys reading, cross-stitching and crocheting in her free time.

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Austin Hammond

Praise Team/Tech Leader

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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.