Leadership

Pastors & Staff

Dr. Shawn Buice

Senior Pastor

Dr. Shawn Buice comes to us from the Baptist College of Florida, where he was a Professor of the New Testament. Dr. Shawn Buice received his BA in Political Science from the University of Georgia, his MDiv from Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary, and his PhD from Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary. 

Bill Stephens

Associate Pastor 

Bill has been married to Ana since 1989 and they have two wonderful children, Curt and Riby. Bill received his education at University of West Florida and has served at Eastside since 1997. His son Curt is an ER nurse and his daughter Riby is currently attending the University of West Florida. It is Bill's desire to help others see what God has done, is doing and can do in their lives. He enjoys family, friends and fellowship. 

Ron Branning

Music Minister

Ron and his wife Judy have been married for over 35 years and have 2 children and 5 grandchildren. Ron received his education at Troy University and has served at Eastside since 1981. Ron also serves as a professor Music at the Baptist College of Florida in Graceville. 

Eli Leavins

Student Minister

Eli is married to Hannah and they have been married since 2011.  They have three lively boys; Malachi, Teamon, and William.  Eli is bi-vocational and his full time job is as a Registered Nurse in the operating room.  Eli's family loves the "farm life' but most of all they love the Lord and are thankful to be serving Him at Eastside.  

Ricky Skipper

Children's Ministry Director

Ricky  is our  Children's Ministry Director.  Ricky and his wife, Bonnie Bess have been married for 34 years; they have one son and a daughter-in-law.  He received his education from Troy State University in Dothan Alabama.  Ricky enjoys teaching children and his wife joins him to assist in ministering to the children and their families.