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 in order 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. He earned a Masters of Divinity with Biblical Languages and a Master of Theology while studying at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

Pastor Matt and his 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 currently serves at the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office and assists at the Cullman Police Department. 


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. 


Pastor of Outreach

Radically saved and called to preach at the age of seventeen, Bro. Sam began pastoring Southern Baptist churches in central and north Alabama, at twenty years of age and came to East Side as Pastor of Outreach in 2007. He is a graduate of Samford University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  He teaches a Bible class each Sunday morning where the entire Bible is studied book-by-book. He possesses a great passion for world missions and evangelism. He is the father of a grown son, Paul (Jill).  Elianna is his granddaughter.



Heather is the wife of our Worship and Student Pastor, Daniel Lloyd. They have been married since 2011 and together they have two children, Olivia and Carson, and are expecting their third child later this year.

Heather grew up in the ministry and committed her life to Christ at an early age. As she went through high school, she felt God’s call into the ministry and knew she wanted to marry a man who shared that same passion. She met that man as she studied at the Baptist College of Florida and earned her Bachelors in Music Education. She and Daniel began ministering together in college and have been doing so ever since. At Daniel’s side, she has served for over ten years in the areas of children, youth, and music.

With her wealth of experience, Heather brings innovative ideas to our Children’s Ministry. She has a vision and is leading our capable and seasoned Children’s Ministry Team to provide opportunities in Bible Study, music, and fellowship in order for our children and their families to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. She is excited to see all the future has to offer for our children and our entire church.

Amanda Taylor


Jill Skinner

Financial Assistant