Associate Pastor Craig Bedenbender has evangelized and pastored since he was nineteen years old. He and his wife Amanda, who has faithfully helped him with his ministry, both obtained their associates degree in Biblical Studies from Faith Bible Institute. Later, Craig went on to obtain his Bachelor’s in Biblical Studies from Louisiana Baptist University, and his Master’s in Organizational Leadership. Before coming to Eastside Baptist, Craig pastored churches in Tennessee, Virginia, as well as served as youth pastor at churches in Texas. Craig and Amanda have one daughter Grace, who is also active in the ministry and has been on several mission trips. Before coming to Eastside Baptist Church, Craig pastored churches in Tennessee and Virginia. He has served as a youth pastor at churches in Texas as well.