Meet the Members

Everyone has a story.
Get to know the members of Eternal Church.
Click on the pictures below to read their stories.  
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Josh & April Eckstein

The Eckstein Family
 Married for 3 years, April and Josh met in 2018 at Oakland Church in Rochester, MI.  They had their first date on February 28th and were married the next summer on June 1, 2019.  By 2021 they had given birth to their first child, Jedidiah (Jed), had moved to the Charlotte area, started attending Eternal, baptized Jed in the worship service and become active members of the church.   That’s a whirlwind of change in a short period of time, but they are settled and hope to stay in the Charlotte area for a long time.  How did they get to this place?  Their journeys began respectively in Louisiana and Illinois as young children.  Continued...

Shawn & Tonya Robinson

The Robinson Family
 Shawn grew up in Augusta, GA and Tonya in Pensacola, FL, but it wasn’t until after their military service that they met. Shawn spent
eight years in the Army as a military satellite communications specialist having been stationed in Fort Bragg, Fort Gordon and in Korea. Tonya spent 10 years in the Air Force as an Aerospace Medicine Technician and EMT.  Continued...

Darrell & Beth Thomas

The Thomas Family
 Both Darrell and Beth Thomas grew up on farms, Darrell in the Lynchburg area of TN and Beth in Franklin, KY. As children of farming families, they were both busy on the farm and active in the 4 H club.  But it wasn’t until college that they met.  They attended Belmont College in Nashville and met after a chapel service during their freshman year.  Four years later, Darrell and Beth were married.  Continued...

Guy & Cori Rockey

The Rockey Family
 Guy grew up in northwest Nebraska in a small town of 1,200 (including dogs and cats). Cori was born in Del Rio, TX just a couple of miles from the
US/Mexican border. So how did they meet? Like many young high school grads, they met during their freshman year at Ambassador College, a
college in Pasadena associated with the Worldwide Church of God, which has since closed their doors. Continued...

Troy & Kristy Fleming

The Fleming Family
 Troy and Kristy were married on November 3, 2018, bringing together Troy’s daughter, Aidan, from his first marriage and Brooke and Rachel from Kristy’s…all three now in high school.  Bringing two families together can be challenging, but Troy and Kristy committed afresh their vows to each other and to God to make it work for not only them but for their three daughters.  Continued...

Rick & Linda Allen

The Allen Family
 From a self-destructive atheist to a pastor is too much to write in this short article, but Rick’s journey is a process of grace and redemption that spans his lifetime.  Rick and Linda have been married for 41 years and so our focus will be their lives together that includes four children and two grands.

Chris & Cindy Terhune

The Terhune Family
When you walk into Chris and Cindy Terhune’s home you will find Cindy’s work-at-home office on the right and Chris’s office on the left.   Covid has made it possible for these two talented (former) software engineers to commute to work by walking to their respective rooms with a cup of coffee in their hands.  But go back with me to when it all began.

Steven & Jamie Rungaitis

The Rungaitis Family
Both Steven and Jamie were born in Texas, Steven in The Colony (Dallas suburb) and Jamie in San Antonio.  At eight years old Jamie’s family moved to Loveland, CO, where she grew up through her high school years.  Steven stayed in Texas and graduated from high school.  So how did they meet?  They met at the Prince of Peace Lutheran church in Carrollton, TX in 2003, but were just friends and thus went their separate ways.  

Garrett & Lauren Copeland

The Copeland Family
Mr. Foster’s 9th grade Geometry class would be a most unlikely place for two young high school students to meet and eventually fall in love, but that is exactly what happened for Garrett and Lauren. However, it wasn’t until after college that they married. What happened in between?

Bill & Alice White

The White Family
If you ever have a chance to visit with Bill and Alice White, you will find them on their 10-acre property amidst a diverse number of animals including two labs (Dougie & Maggie), six stray cats in their barn who found a home during Covid, twenty chickens and four house cats; two strays that were promoted to in house living and two from the Humane Society.

Jason & Kim Vinson

The Vinson Family
Jason and Kim Vinson have been members at Eternal for 6 years and currently live in Tega Cay. Jason grew up in Rock Hill and attended Clemson graduating in 2000 with a degree in Computer Science. Kim grew up in Columbia, SC and graduated from the University of South Carolina in music education and later received her masters at the University of Georgia. 

Joe & Joy Jenkins

The Jenkins Family
In the summer months you will often find Joy and Joe working in their large vegetable garden and Ziva, their mixed Spaniel and Black Labrador, bounding through the garden looking for rabbits.  As you read, you will become aware that faith, family, and health are very important to the Jenkins.

Ben & Diane Smith

The Smith Family
Ben and Diane moved to Baxter Village about 13 years ago and searched many weeks to find a church that had solid biblical teaching, great music and members who are genuine and authentic. Eternal Church is where they landed and even though they now live in Audubon Lakes Estate in Indian land, they continue to be active in church.

Bob & Amy Hay

The Hay Family
Bob and Amy Hay have attended Eternal church since 2013, but their story of faith goes back to their roots in their homes as children, Amy in Cincinnati, OH and Bob in Cedar Grove, NJ. Bob came to faith at age five and while in high school felt God leading Him to serve in full-time ministry.

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