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Statement of Faith
- In one God manifest in three Persons - The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.
- In the inspiration of all the Scriptures by the Holy Spirit, and that they are the final authority for our faith and practice.
- In the creation of the human race in God’s image as immortal, morally responsible beings whose purpose is to serve and glorify God. Mankind chose rather to serve self-interest and thus all have sinned, creating the need for individual reconciliation to God.
- In the Incarnation and Virgin Birth of the Lord Jesus Christ who, by His shed blood, substitutionary death, and bodily Resurrection, paid the redemptive price for our sins.
- In the salvation of all who trust the Lord Jesus Christ and the just condemnation of all who reject Him.
- In the work of God’s Spirit in the new birth, indwelling the believer, enabling him to grow in the likeness of Christ, and filling him with power to live a life committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
- In the union of all believers as one body in Christ.
- In the bodily Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ to claim His own people and to set all things in order.
About Pastor Doug
I grew up about 40 miles south of Boston in a city called Taunton. Growing up I attended a little Baptist church where I learned many stories from the Bible from many wonderful people. However, I did not trust Jesus with my life until I moved to Huntington Beach, California in 1989. I met my wife Karen in California and we have a daughter, Jordan and a son, Daniel.
I had wanted to go to seminary to train to be a pastor since I was 22 years old. However, raising a young family in Southern California made it hard to stop working long enough to study. It was just too expensive. After moving to Williamsburg in 2003, things began to simplify some. By 2007, at the age of 40, Karen and I were convinced that the opportunity to seminary full time had arrived. My whole family moved to eastern Massachusetts so that they could be with me while I studied at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS). I am so thankful for how willingly my wife and kids sacrificed in order for me to attend GCTS. I was hired by the Williamsburg Community Chapel in 2012 and am very thankful for my years working there. By 2017, Karen and I were convinced that God was leading us to the east side of Williamsburg. When the leadership later decided that the Chapel would like to start a new church on the east side of town, Karen and I got very excited. Partnering with the Chapel in the starting of Eastside Church has been a wonderful experience. Living in the neighborhood makes it that much easier to ensure that Eastside Church is a neighborhood church.
I am thankful for what God has done and continues to do in my life. No one is ever bored as they follow the Spirit of God!
About Reed Willis - Worship Leader
I’m 21 years old, and have spent most of my life growing up in Williamsburg. I’ve been blessed to have been raised in such a loving family (Mom, Dad, and two older brothers, Ryland and Ben) that have shown me what it looks like to live a Christ-led life, and that created a strong foundation for my faith to grow on. Music has been my passion since I was very young. I play piano, guitar, bass guitar, viola, synthesizers, percussion, and sing. I also compose and write my own music. Growing up, I played viola in school from 5th grade to 12th grade, started a band and became the youngest person to perform at The National in Richmond, attended TobyMac’s Camp Electric in 2017 and 2018, got to teach many of my classmates how to play instruments in my junior and senior years of high school, composed and performed my original music at my high school, and have released music on major music platforms. I am a student at the Berklee College of Music, where I’m majoring in Songwriting.
From 2011 to 2014, my brothers and I were in a band with two of our friends, which helped me learn how much I loved to make music, and how much it meant to me to do it with others. After that, music was just a dream I had while I planned on studying something different in school. However, during my junior year of high school, God showed me that music was where He was leading me, and I wanted to dedicate myself to that calling. I started writing and releasing music for my own solo projects, and I had the blessing of reaching friends and others around me, and getting to include them in my music. God was building bridges, relationships, and opening doors for me to spread His Word as I surrendered to Him and embraced His calling in my life. Ever since, my dream has been to spread the love of Jesus to mainstream music audiences, through songs about my personal experiences and the things that He has done in my life.
On July 28th, 2019, while practicing with the worship band at Eastside that Sunday morning, I collapsed from a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). I was without a pulse for 23 minutes, as my father and Cliff Gray did CPR on me, emergency responders worked on me, and countless prayers were lifted up. The first thing a doctor told me when I woke up in the hospital was that I had died and come back to life. Not only was God’s infinite glory displayed in the miracle of my survival, but also that I suffered no brain damage from the event. I am thankful everyday and praise Him for my healing, and for the way that He has used it to bring people together and glorify Him. In the following weeks, I heard God’s calling to take time off from school to remain at home for the year and continue serving at Eastside, helping to establish and expand the music programs as the Worship Leader. In the summer of 2020, I transferred from Drexel University to Berklee Online so that I could continue my education in music while still being able to lead worship here. Serving at Eastside has been an incredible blessing, and I am honored to be part of such a wonderful piece of the Lord’s Kingdom.
In my free time, I enjoy playing, writing, and listening to music; playing video games; creative writing; going on walks; and spending time with my family and friends. My two singles, “Tokyo Skyline” and “I’m No King,” are available everywhere. To read more about God’s incredible miracle through the events of July 28th, click here.