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Stew Armstrong

Lead Pastor

Stew Armstrong is the Lead Pastor of Encounter Church. Growing up in Houston, TX, he graduated from Baylor University with a Business Management degree. While he was in college God used a series of events to call him into full time Christian ministry, and he went to Dallas Theological Seminary to get a Masters degree in Theology from 1994-1998. He served as a youth pastor or college minister for 18 years before he was called to start Encounter Church. Stew is a disciple of Jesus who just wants to learn more and grow closer to Him each day, though that often means going through periods of brokenness which lead to greater authenticity.

From Stew: The two things I love the most in my life are honoring God with my family and with the ministry He’s graciously allowed me to serve in. I’ve been married for 14+ years, and Sarah has truly been a blessing to me as a coworker in ministry and now as a full-time mom of three. I absolutely love walking in the door after a long day at work to the (usually) joyful cries of my children, Charis (11), Callaghan (9), and Joseph (6).

Favorite verse: My life verse is 2 Timothy 2:2, which says “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.” I want this ministry to reflect this challenge.

Favorite Food: Tex Mex down in Houston! I love Pappasito’s fajitas!!! I also love a good shrimp Po-Boy or TX BBQ brisket.

Favorite thing to do with family: I love to coach my kids’ soccer teams, wrestle and play with my boys, camp in the popup camper, have a date night with my wife… even sneak a date with my daughter.

If I have a day to myself, I love to read or else watch the Florida Gators on TV!


Pumpkin patch October 2014

Paul Eason

Worship Pastor

Paul Eason is the Worship Pastor at Encounter Church. He grew up in Auburn, AL (War Eagle!) where he led worship for his local church’s youth. Later on, he began leading in the college ministry where he and Stew worked together for 5 1/2 years before moving to Evansville, IN to help plant Encounter. Shortly after moving to Evansville, Paul met his beautiful wife Carly and they were married in November of 2014. They both currently serve in the music ministry as worship leaders and Carly is also an accountant at a local accounting firm. Paul’s heart is to do more than just sing a few songs with the congregation, but to lead the church body to a place of deeper and authentic worship to Jesus. He feels called to shepherd and lead people to what it looks like to worship in spirit and truth (John 4:23) both on and off the stage.

From Paul: I’m absolutely enthralled by this word “worship” and what it means to us as followers of Jesus. It is far more than a few minutes of music on a Sunday morning. Songs are a great way to connect with the Lord, and music is something that I am passionate about, but music is only a piece of how we can worship the Lord. Worship is truly a lifestyle and a posture that we must take in every area our lives (Col 3:16-17). On my journey I am constantly learning more and more about worship and it is my honor to help lead others into a deeper understanding of what worship is.

Favorite verse: Psalm 115:1 “Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.”