A Collective Of Neighborhood Churches in Madison, WI
At Eastside Church, we desire to emphasize that the church is not a building or a weekly event, but a community of people who love Jesus, live like Jesus, and speak of Jesus. When this community gathers we expect to see the gifts of the whole church put to use, not just the leaders. Through biblically faithful teaching we want to see leaders raised up and released to have influence and make an impact. We want everyone to know the goodness of operating out of spiritual and physical rest and the space it creates to prioritize prayerful dependence on God, loving community, and missional hospitality. These desires combined with a growing understanding of our neighborhood-centric city caused us to rethink how we structure life together as a church.
All neighborhood churches come together at Lowell Elementary School (401 Maple Ave) on the first, third, and fifth Sunday of each month for singing, prayer, confession, assurance, catechism, communion, and teaching from God's word. We gather at 9:00a for coffee and conversation with worship beginning at 9:30a.
ESC Kids is available for ages 0-4 years throughout the entire worship gathering. Kids K-5 begin the worship gathering in classes before rejoining their families following the sermon for worship. We hold a high value that families worship together, while also understanding that there is wisdom in age-appropriate teaching.
The neighborhood church gathers for singing, prayer, confession, assurance, catechism, communion, and discussion based teaching from God's word. Geographically organized, these churches are made up of 12-20 people that meet in a home of one of the members. Each neighborhood church is led by a pastor of Eastside Church.
Led by Ben Hacker, Lake Edge gathers at 9:00am with worship beginning at 9:30a. Contact for location info.
Led by Michael McKittrick, Rolling Meadows gathers at 9:00am with worship beginning at 9:30a. Contact for location info.
We exist to love Jesus, live like Jesus, and speak of Jesus, in our neighborhoods and around the world, so that others might do the same.
Our vision is to plant neighborhood churches who are identified by prayerful dependence on God, biblically faithful teaching, loving community, and missional hospitality in each of the neighborhoods on Madison’s east side. Through the planting of these churches, we are trusting in God to see people restored to life as it is meant to be: in right relationship with Him and others.
Gospel-Centered Identity (1 Cor 15:1-10)
Prayerful Dependence on God (Ps 121:1-2, Jn 15:5, 1 Th 5:17)
Physical & Spiritual Rest (Ps 127:1-2, Matt 11:28-30)
Devotion To God's Word (Acts 2:42, 2 Tim 4:2, Col 3:16)
Loving Community (Acts 2:42-47, Phil 2:3-4)
Equipping & Multiplying Leaders (Eph 4:11-16, 2 Tim 2:2)
Missional Hospitality (Lev 19:33-34, Lk 14:12-14)
Local Engagement (Jer 29:7, Acts 17:26-27)
For a fuller description of what we believe, please read the Gospel Coalition statement of faith, which we ascribe to.
Before coming to Madison, Michael served as a pastoral resident at College Church in Wheaton as well as an intern at CrossWay Community Church in Bristol, WI, where he met his wife, Heather. They now have three girls, Eliza, Gloria, and Fiona. He was born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, but he has come to love Madison with its lakes, bike paths, and coffee shops. Most recently he served as an elder at The Vine Church before being sent out to help start Eastside Church. Despite losing most of his Canadian accent, he can still be found cheering for Canada in hockey when he's not playing board games, spending time with friends, biking, or reading a good book.
Prior to moving to Madison, Ben served as the minister of music at Christ the King Church in Kenosha, WI, as well as a pastoral resident at CrossWay Community Church in Bristol, WI. Most recently, Ben was the worship pastor at Door Creek Church in Madison before joining the staff of the Vine Church in preparation for starting Eastside Church. Ben, a Wisconsin native, is married to Nicky and together they have four young children, Quinn, Norah, Graham, and Avery. The Hacker family loves spending time together enjoying the many parks in Madison. Whether camping or day hiking, they can often be found at Lake Kegonsa or Devil's Lake in the summer.
We'd love to share more about our mission to love Jesus, live like Jesus, and speak of Jesus, in our neighborhoods and around the world, so that others might do the same.
Why We Give
Giving financially is an opportunity to respond to God’s generosity to us. Giving is not an obligation, it’s a privilege for all those who follow Jesus. Giving is a way God shapes our hearts and aligns ours with His. It’s a way for us to be a part of something far bigger and beyond ourselves. It’s why when we give, we often experience a greater joy than any sacrifice we’ve made.