John Teschan · Lead Pastor
Pastor John and his wife Cindy both grew up in Poynette, Wisconsin. They were married in 1974. John worked various jobs in the area of sales, eventually ending up at the Nobil Shoes Home Office in Akron Ohio. Just prior to the move to Akron, Cindy found the Lord. She found a Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in a suburb of Akron and began to grow in her faith. In 1977 through a relationship with a Christian business man from the church, John also came to know the Lord. Three years after receiving Christ, they sold everything and moved to Toccoa, Georgia where they answered God's call and John began study for the ministry. Since then the Teschans have served for 24 years as the senior pastor couple in Richmond, Indiana; Bloomington/Normal, Illinois; Fort Wayne, Indiana; Toulouse, France; and Bangkok, Thailand. John and Cindy have been blessed with five children: Jeremiah, Nathan, Lizzy, and the twins, Anna & Leah. They also have six grandchildren: Addison, Kaden, Juliana, Lilly, Anderson and Chloe.
Michael Gallipeau · Assistant Pastor of Family Life
Michael and his wife Jessica lived most of their lives in Sheboygan, and were married in 1994. Both were raised in the church and knew the Lord at an early age. Michael pursued a call to ministry and attended North Central University for a time in Minneapolis, MN, while Jessica attended Northwestern University just a few miles away. Michael dropped out of Bible College after two years and began a career in computer programming. After their first son was born, they moved back to Sheboygan in the spring of 1999. Though he had walked away from his calling, Michael felt drawn back to the church and his pursuit of God. He became involved in worship, youth, and children’s ministry in a local church over a period of more than ten years. Feeling God’s pull back into a life of ministry, Michael and Jessica arrived at Southside Church in 2012 and have served in multiple ministries here. Michael is now completing his degree for Biblical Studies through the online program at Toccoa Falls College, and became licensed as an official Christian & Missionary Alliance Worker in September of 2015. Michael and Jessica have been blessed with four wonderful boys: Jacob, Zachary, Noah, and Riley.
Liz Sohl · Director of Children's Ministry and Office Operations
Liz grew up in small town Iowa where she found the Lord at age 15. Following high school she spent time in Colorado, Idaho, and Washington before graduating from Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa, Georgia. Throughout those years she gained experience in children's ministry in both the church and para-church settings. Her desire to be in full-time ministry only grew through those experiences. Liz recently earned a Master's Degree in Family and Children's Ministry at Bethel Seminary. Liz's love language is coffee and favorite hobbies include watching sports, hiking, DIY projects and traveling to see friends and family.
Erin Beekhuizen · Administrative Assistant
Erin grew up in a Christian home in Wisconsin, and committed her life to Jesus when she was a young girl. On her journey, she went to college at Northwestern College, in small-town Iowa to get her teaching degree and meet her husband, Derek. They moved to the suburbs of Chicago to teach at Southwest Chicago Christian Schools after college, and later moved back to Northwest Iowa to begin a family. After 5 years in Iowa, God called their family to move to Wisconsin. Erin stayed home to be with their 2 sons, Jase (9) and Micah (7), but has since started working a couple days here in the office at Southside, now that they are both in school. Erin and her family love to spend time together outdoors, playing games and traveling to new places.