Where to find us:
Eastminster Presbyterian Church is at 1315 Abbot Road in East Lansing. We are approximately a mile and a half from Michigan State University on Abbott Road and just north of the intersection with Saginaw Highway.
The church sits on nine and a half acres in a beautiful park-like setting. The church building is not immediately visible from the road, especially during the spring, summer and fall months. Look for the church sign along Abbott Road, and follow the driveway back to the church building.
Church Office hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, closed Friday. Please contact us at (517) 337-0893 during office hours.
Worship With Us:
Sunday School for children, youth and adults is at 9:30 followed by worship at 10:30. Following our worship service we gather for coffee and fellowship in our Green Room. Nursery care is available for infants through age 3 and children ages 4 years through 2nd grade are invited to participate in Children’s Church in Fellowship Hall during worship. They are excused immediately following the Chidlren’s message.
Our Facility and Grounds:
Eastminster is blessed to be located on 9 acres with a Prayer Path meandering through the woods, a rain garden, and a community garden. Our building was recently updated and includes Fellowship Hall on the lower level with classrooms, a music rehearsal room, and a nursery, as well as a large meeting area for our many gatherings. The Green Room is equipped with tables and chairs, a grand piano and is located just off one of our kitchens. Comfortable seating is available here for families wishing to listen to worship service while tending to their infants or toddlers or for nursing mothers.
Our Ministry Team
Interim Pastor Jeff O’Neill came out of retirement in August, 2016, to serve Eastminster Church during its search for its next installed pastor.
He received a bachelor’s degree (BA) from Carroll College, Waukesha, WI, with a major in philosophy and minors in English and political science. A Master’s in Divinity (MDiv.) degree and a Doctor of Ministry (DMin.) degree were earned at McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago. He previously served six congregations in Illinois, Michigan, and Indiana, worked in the area of broadcasting and film for the American Bible Society, and served as Interim Dean of Doctoral Programs at McCormick Seminary.
He is the husband of Sam, Eastminster’s Office Manager, and a father and grandfather. Outside of his professional life, he enjoys woodworking, backpacking, photography, and kayaking.
Director of Christian Education
Sam O’Neill has worked in Presbyterian entities since 1990, including McCormick Theogical Seminary and the Presbyterian Foundation. While at McCormick, she completed a master’s degree in theological studies. She also holds a master of fine arts in theatre from Michigan State.
Chelsea Berner has joined the Eastminster Presbyterian community while she pursues a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, she moved to Houston where she taught choral music at Spring High School. She has served as both coordinator and section leader for choral camps at Baylor University and the University of Houston, respectively. She has enjoyed singing with various church choirs and chamber choirs over the years as well as a two-year stint singing with the Houston Symphony Chorus.
A native of Tbilisi, Georgia, Tamar Mikeladze appeared with the orchestra at age 11. She holds graduate and post-graduate degrees from Tbilisi State Conservatory. While in Georgia, Tamar actively performed with national orchestras and appeared on national television and radio numerous times. Upon completion of her degree she was appointed to the piano faculty of the Special Music School, where she taught for five years.
In 2003 Tamar joined Toradze piano studio at Indiana University South Bend and appeared with the studio at numerous European music venues. In 2006, Tamar joined the piano faculty at Notre Dame University. Currently she is pursuing her DMA in piano performance under the guidance of Professor Moriarty at Michigan State University, where she is a Visiting Assistance Professor. Tamar’s recent performances include appearances at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Wharton Center and Steinway Hall. She has served as the organist/accompanist at churches in Indiana and Michigan since 2003.
Heather hails from southern Alabama and started playing handbells at the age of ten when her mother needed a fill in for the Adult Handbell Choir. Twenty plus years later she’s still playing!
Heather attended Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC where she played for the PC Ringers for four years while attaining a B.A. in History and a music minor in Handbell Performance.
After graduation she joined the handbell choir at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC and then later the choir at Pioneer Memorial Presbyterian Church in Solon, OH where she became the director. Heather also has over ten years of solo ringing experience.
If you have any questions, interested in learning more about handbells, or joining the choir please contact Heather.
Fred Graham is retired as a professor in the Department of Religious Studies, where he served for thirty years, beginning in 1963. He is the author of several books and lots of other stuff. At Eastminster, he now serves as one of our Parish Advisors, as well as singing in the choir and helping mow the church’s acreage, together with his grandson Peter Havlatka. He and spouse Jean live a quiet life, although they leave town twice a years, most years, to attend elderhostels. Jean quilts, plays the piano, and makes sure her husband keeps the lawn mowed.
Class of 2018