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 has his Masters of Divinity from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul MN.
Kayla Ness Next Generation Pastor
As our Next Gen Pastor, Kayla works with students ages 3-18 leading KidsRidge as well as aiding with our youth program. Her main goal is to make sure your kids have an amazing time learning about who Jesus is and guiding them in their walk with Him.
Kayla is currently a student at UMD and will graduate in May with a Bachelor's degree in Cultural Entrepreneurship. She is very passionate about a lot of things: hockey, missions, worship, kids; you name it. Kayla is originally from Rochester, MN and grew up surrounded by hockey.
When Kayla is not at Eastridge she can be found outside enjoying all Duluth has to offer, spending time with friends, or at Amsoil cheering on the Bulldogs.
Brittney Kaarbo Worship Pastor
Brittney Kaarbo is the Worship Pastor at Eastridge Community Church. In September 2017, she began interning on the worship team and was officially added to the staff in April 2018. She attends the U of M Duluth, and will be graduating in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a Minor in Film Studies.
Her deep passion for music and performance has shown through in her involvement in various choirs, orchestras, and worship bands over the years. She hopes that anyone who hears her music will experience the love, joy, and peace of God, just as much as she does! 1 Peter 4:8-11
Suzi Smith Office Manager
Suzi and her family moved from Twin Cities to the beautiful Northwoods of Duluth in 2016. She joined the Eastridge staff in March 2019.
After several years in the hospitality industry, Suzi set aside the corporate world to homeschool their son and tutor/direct within Classical Conversations homeschool community. She is still active in Classical Conversations as a director and practicum speaker. She has a heart for Moms in Prayer and finds joy in Women’s Bible Study. She thoroughly enjoys Duluth summers, reading,various creative outlets (hand lettering, arts/crafts), travel, dark chocolate, and hazelnut coffee (especially together!).
Suzi lives in Hermantown with her husband Terry and recently graduated son Davis.