Justin is a native of Minnesota but has lived in various parts of the country and finally settling back in his home state in 2003. While living in other parts of the country, he was introduced to God and the Gospel through Young Life where he soon became a volunteer leader in Eau Claire, Wisconsin where he went to college.
In college he met his wife Sarah and also began working the Navigators campus ministry. Justin then came on staff with the Navigators two years following graduating where he focused on discipling students, leadership development, and evangelism on campus.
Justin joined the staff of Eastridge in 2013 as Associate Pastor. He lives in Lakeside with his wife Sarah and son Jude. Justin is currentlyattending seminary at Bethel in St. Paul, MN.
Kayla Ness Next Generation Pastor
Kayla is a student at UMD who is passionate about a lot of things. Hockey, missions, worship music, kids. You name it. Kayla is originally from Rochester, MN where she grew up with hockey in the family.
Kayla has been involved with Autumn Ridge Church in Rochester in various roles including missions. As an aspiring missionary, Kayla dreams of being a missionary in Honduras.
Her role here at Eastridge is to develop the children's ministry and make sure kids have a fun time and learn about Jesus when they come to church on Sunday. She also helps out with the youth group on Wednesday nights.
When Kayla is not at Eastridge she can either be found at Yellow Bike Coffee in Hermantown (she bakes all of the goodies there), at UMD, or cheering on the Bulldogs at Amsoil.
Vicki Ott Worship & Music Director
Vicki Ott was born and raised in Two Harbors Minnesota and is a graduate of UMD with a choral education degree. Vicki has been on the Eastridge staff since the church's beginning in the early 90's. She leads worship with our music team weekly and directs the Eastridge Choir which performs during the Christmas and Easter Holidays. Along with Eastridge, Vicki has a piano studio in her home where she teaches students of all ages.
She and her husband Jay have five adult children that all live in Minnesota and grew up going to Eastridge. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, and filling her home with music.
Shari Bradt Accountant
Shari Bradt was born and raised in Eveleth Minnesota and is a graduate of UMD and the University of Kansas with a Masters of Fine Arts. Shari has been a Bookkeeper at Hartley Nature Center and Office Manager at Northern Trends before coming to Eastridge.
Shari is married to Justin and has two kids Olivia & Lucas and a new puppy named milkshake. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, nature, art, photography and being outside as much as possible. She lives in the Kenwood neighborhood right behind Hartley Nature Center.