Rev. Dale Byrd – Pastor
Dale came to Eastside in November 2014 after 20+ years of youth ministry. Dale loves people and doesn’t want one person to miss out on Eternity with Jesus. Dale is a transparent pastor that preaches the word of God in a simple straight forward way that everyone can understand. Dale sincerely cares about others and desires to be a blessing. Dale’s partners in ministry are his wife Linda and his children – Lydia and son-in-law Julian, Hannah and Caleb. Dale loves and cherishes his wife and often says he “out punted his coverage” when he speaks of her. Linda is a gifted nurse, a committed and loving wife and mother, and a faithful servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. Dale and Linda along with the kids love serving the Lord together and have fun doing it.
Rev. Maggie André – Associate Pastor/Minister of Music
Maggie joined Eastside in June of 2019. Music is a vital part of our church ministry and our worship experience at Eastside Baptist Church and we invite you to join us. Rev. Maggie started singing in her dad’s church at the young age of five. So nobody was surprised when Maggie felt the Lord calling her to serve in the music area at a young age. Rev. Maggie holds a BA in Christian Studies from Briercrest College and Seminary, Associate of Arts in Library Science from Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology and a Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Grace Christian University. Rev. Maggie plays the piano and guitar, and understands the vital role of music, especially singing, in offering praise and prayer, proclaiming the Word of God, and connecting God’s people to each other. She and her husband Dan have been married for almost 30 years and have three adult children, Julian (married to Lydia), Nathan, and Emma (married to Jose). Rev. Maggie speaks four languages and has a strong faith and an obvious heart for Worship and Praising Jesus.
Rev. Ernie Blanton – Associate Pastor/Youth Ministry
Ernie began ministry at Eastside on April 1st of 2018 as the new Associate Pastor/Youth Minister. He has been involved in youth ministry for over 13 years and has also worked as the part-time Area Representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Cleveland County for over 12 years. Ernie has a passion to reach youth and their families for Jesus. He believes everyone has a spiritual gift that God has given to them after they accept Jesus and he feels it’s important to come alongside young people as well as their parents and help them find, nurture, and grow those gifts. He is blessed to have a loving wife and ministry partner in Shannon, who he has been married to for more than 21 years. She is a Biology teacher at Burns High School. They have two wonderful children, Jeremy and Morgan, who keep them very busy with all their sports and activities.
Jessica Melton – Director of Children’s Ministry
Jessica has been the Director of Children’s Ministry at Eastside since November 2011. Following her graduation from Pensacola Christian College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education, she has dedicated her life to sharing Jesus’ love with children and letting them know how much He wants to be a part of their lives. Her church ministry is focused on leading children to develop and grow a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Jessica has enjoyed working with children for almost 20 years in the fields of education, social work, and church ministry. She believes that children should have fun as they experience their Lord’s love through musicals, children’s drama programs, Christian camps, mission projects, and educational activities. Jessica‘s husband Everett is a partner in her children’s ministry by helping build stages, driving the children, and assisting in activities. She and Everett are the proud parents of four young children, Joshua, twins- Eric and Zackary, and Lilyana. She invites you and your children to become a part of our loving church and this vibrant children’s ministry.
Leslie Brown – Pianist
Bio coming soon!