he staff at East Shore Baptist include Pastor Brian Harrison, Pastor John Toone, Dave Stewart as Minister of Music and Brian Mader, Director of Youth Ministry and Debby Glessner, Church Secretary.
Pastor Brian Harrison
Pastor Brian has served as the Lead Pastor since April 2002. He is married to Jean and has one son, Benjamin.
Pastor Brian is married to Jean (1983), and the father of Benjamin. He came to serve as our Lead Pastor in April of 2002. Before coming to PA he served as the Pastor of a church in Mt. Dora, FL for seven years. Brian came to faith in Christ in 1975 as a freshman in college.
Born and raised in Northern, VA, his family moved to Belpre, OH in 1972. In 1981 he moved to Central FL, where he lived for 21 years before moving PA, near to “the sweetest place on earth”. Brian has a Master’s of Divinity from Luther Rice Seminary, Lithonia, GA (1996), and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Ohio State University (1980). Prior to becoming a pastor and a new dad in 1995, he worked in the real estate mortgage and appraisal fields.
Pastor Brian lives in West Hanover Township, is active in the community, and is in partnership with Living Legacy Community Church in leading the Multiplying Church Center for the PA/South Jersey Baptist Convention in the Capitol Region. He loves walking and hiking, and he is really into military history and building models; if you should stop by his office, you’ll see what we mean.
Associate Pastor John Toone
Pastor John Toone has served as Associate Pastor since June 2014. Although born in Norfolk, VA, he has lived in the Harrisburg area for most of his life. He came to salvation, was baptized, and matured in his faith through the ministry of East Shore Baptist Church. John has a Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC (2014) and a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies from Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA (2011).
John’s passion is to glorify God and see His Word transform lives into the image of Christ, by the Holy Spirit’s power, in fulfillment of the Great Commission. He enjoys spending time with his family, talking about the Bible and theology, reading, watching movies, and cheering on the Philadelphia Eagles!
Dave Stewart, Minister of Music
Dave Stewart has been serving at East Shore Baptist as Minister of Worship since January 2011. Married to his wife, Dee Dee for 30 years, they live in Colonial Park, Lower Paxton Township.
Dave is a graduate of Milton Hershey School. There he received his vocal and musical training. He plays guitar, trumpet, and percussion. Dave loves all styles of music, and it is reflected in his Sunday worship services.
In 1982, at the age of 25, Dave accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior. Dee & Dave joined East Shore Baptist in 2010. Prior to becoming our church worship leader, Dave co-owned a local printing company.
Brian Mader, Director of Youth Ministry
Brian is married to Stacey(2000) and has three children Logan, Joey, and Lily. Brian lives in West Hanover Township where he grew up. He has been a member of East Shore since 2004. Although saved at a young age Brian was in his mid 20’s before he decided to dedicate his life to serving Christ. He has been serving as the Bi-Vocational Director of Youth Ministry since July 2008. Prior to that he volunteered in the youth ministry and was a Deacon here at East Shore. Brian enjoys working with teens both teaching and having fun at the same time. Brian graduated from Kutztown University (1996) with a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice., and is a teen counselor in his full time employment. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family. Brian also loves baseball and is a New York Mets fan.
Brian’s favorite bible passage is Psalm 103 10-12.