Senior Pastor

Matt Smith became the Senior Pastor at ESBC on January 1, 2016. Since the summer of 1992, he has preached and served in churches in Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

Pastor Matt genuinely loves people and enjoys building relationships with them to share the love of Christ. He believes that Jesus died on the cross for all mankind, not just a select few, that salvation is for all who receive it, and that everyone has a place to serve the Lord. He passionately shares his faith and enjoys preaching the timeless truth of God’s Word.

He graduated with honors from the University of Mobile in 1996, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Theology. In addition, he earned a Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages and a Master of Theology while studying at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Currently, he is a doctoral candidate at Liberty University’s John W. Rawlings School of Divinity.

Pastor Matt and wife Julie have been married since 1995 and have two sons, Spencer and Skyler. During his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and watching Alabama football! He has also served as a law enforcement chaplain since 2006 and is the lead chaplain at the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office. In 2019 Pastor Matt established a 501(C)(3), the First Responders Foundation of Alabama, a ministry for law enforcement, firefighters, and EMS.


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Worship and Student Pastor

Daniel is on board as our Worship and Student Pastor. He was born in Atlanta, GA but later raised in Tallahassee, FL. At the age of nine, at Shocco Springs Baptist Conference Center, Daniel prayed to receive Christ as his Lord and Savior! After graduating High School in Tallahassee, he went on to attend Florida State University. Then two years later, after feeling the call into vocational ministry, Daniel moved to The Baptist College of Florida where he received his B.A. in Worship Leadership. While attending school there in Graceville, FL he met his wife Heather and were later married in 2011. They now have three children, Olivia, Carson, and Ann Marie.

Daniel has spent over a decade serving in Student Ministry and leading Worship in the local church setting and is greatly excited about leading in ministry here at East Side Baptist and the greater Cullman community. 
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Children's Ministry Director

Corrie Pickett
Children's Ministry Director

Say hello to East Side Baptist’s new Children’s Ministry Director, Corrie Pickett.

Corrie grew up in the Gardendale/Morris community until 2012 when she moved to Atlanta and then on to Nashville to pursue her bachelors degree. She attended a local church in Nashville, where she was a part of their hospitality/serve team until she moved to Cullman in 2020. She met her (now) husband, William, here at East Side and they got married at the church in May of 2021. They reside in Falkville with their boxer, Evie. Corrie grew up in the shadow of her father and mother who taught children’s Sunday school and children’s church at former churches. Corrie is excited to be continuing that legacy by serving our church’s young families and children here at East Side. If you have any questions for Corrie or are interested in volunteering to serve with our kids, please contact her.

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Jill Skinner

Financial Assistant