The Eckels Family

Christopher C. Eckels trusted Christ as his Saviour when he was 21 years old and surrendered to serve God in a missions conference in 1987. Through much prayer and studying the Word of God he began to sense God’s call to full time ministry, which lead him to attend Bible College. Having worked in the inner city of Philadelphia U.S.A for 7 years, God would call and lead pastor Eckels to Australia as an Independent Baptist Church Planter.

Pastor Eckels would serve as an assistant at Shoalhaven Baptist Church in Bomaderry NSW for 2 1/2 years before founding Westside Baptist Church in Victoria, Australia. A love for people and a passion for teaching God’s Word is what our Pastor has brought to the Westside area.

Pastor Eckels holds a Bachelor of Divinity, Advance Diploma in Counseling and Family Therapy (Christian), Diploma in Ministry, and Diploma in Counseling.

Pastor Eckels and his wife Yolanda are blessed with four children: Rischala, Rachel, Jeremiah, Noah.

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