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Ministry Staff


Associate Pastor

Associate Pastor - Bill Stephens

Bill has been married to Ana for 27 years 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 at Flowers Hospital and his daughter Riby graduated from Wallace College. 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.


Minister of Music

Minister of Music - Ron Branning

Ron and his wife Judy have been married for 33 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.



Student Minister

Student Minister - Jeffrey Basford

Jeffrey and his wife, Sydney, have been married for two years. Jeffrey received his education from the Baptist College of Florida. He is currently in the Master of Divinity Program at New Orleans Theological Seminary. Jeffrey and Sydney enjoy teaching the youth and learning with the youth.




 Childrens MinisterChildren's Minister/Media Director - Cole Thompson

Cole & Dove have been married for 10 years, they have 2 beautiful children, Micah and Rain.  Cole enjoys teaching and learning with children. Cole also has an AS degree in Computer Information Technology and also enjoys working on computers and the church's various media outputs. Cole is also currently enrolled at St. Petersburg College online to obtain his Bachelor's degree in Technology Development & Management