Shawn Barden

Shawn Barden has been our lead pastor since 2006. In his obvious passion to see real lives deeply connected to a real Savior he brings a creative, fresh, and dynamic approach to the communication of the timeless gospel.

“The church isn’t the point. Jesus is,” says Shawn. “The church isn’t the destination; it is the hub, the connector. I think of it like an airport. Nobody goes to the airport for the sake of being at an airport. They go to the airport because it takes them somewhere. That destination is Jesus and the full life offered to people who are vitally connected to Him.” This conviction paired with a good cup of coffee is what gets Shawn out of bed every morning.

Shawn loves mountain biking, snowboarding on fresh powder mornings, and hanging out with his wife and three kids. Although he enjoys playing Oldtimer’s Hockey he’s in denial that he’s old enough to qualify.

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Matthew Koleba

Matthew Koleba joined our team in January 2013 as our associate pastor of discipleship and integration.

Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.  Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”  Matthew wants to shape his life around pursuing this claim.  He is pretty sure that realizing that kind of soul satisfaction in Jesus will only happen while living life together with other Christians.  That is why he is here at Mountainside – to help us live the kind of radical community that the first Christians did.

When not being overly serious, Matthew likes to joke around a lot.  He pretends to be Robert Plant when in his truck alone, loves fishing and hunting, and would be interested in going on a trip to try and catch ridiculous looking fish in tropical waters if you are into that kind of thing.

His email is