Leadership | Eastside Baptist Church

Dr. Bob Halstead

Teaching Pastor/Elder


Bob has had the joy of serving Eastside Baptist Church since August 18, 2002. He has served churches in Georgia and Texas. He has a B.A.S. in Christian Ministry Degree from East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, TX. He has an M. Div. Degree from Luther Rice Seminary in Lithonia, GA, and an Honorary D. Div. Degree from Emmanuel Seminary in Kota, India.

Bob’s passion is to help people grow in their relationship with the Lord. He loves Jesus and people, so he wants them to know the Lord Jesus like he does.

Bob and his wife have been married for 37 years. They have four adult children who are all married, so that makes 8 children for them. We also have 4 grandchildren and they really love spending time with them. We enjoy vacationing together as a family. His hobbies are bonsai trees and reading, especially on leadership development and discipleship.

Mike Martin

Missions Pastor/Elder

Mike has served Eastside Baptist Church for 36 years in various responsibilities as Student Director, Children's Ministry Director and since January 2009 he has served as our Missions Pastor. Mike has a passion to help and serve others for the sake of Christ!

Mike enjoys working with mission teams to prepare them for mission trips and outreach. Mike is married to Tina and has 3 children and 11 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He enjoys doing yard work and enjoys fishing and watching sports.

Dr. Robert Hughes

Discipleship Pastor

Rev. Dr. Robert H. Hughes (Dr. Rob Hughes) is an ordained Christian minister who believes that all human life is valuable not disposable; and is capable of being redeemed, restored, and transformed through a lifelong relationship with God by accepting Jesus the Christ as Lord and Savior. While living in the New York Metropolitan area and experiencing the life-changing events of 9-11; Dr. Hughes accepted his call to ministry and began his journey towards the development of his spiritual understanding, pastoral disciplines, and organizational leadership skills. He has made a lifetime commitment to practicing his faith through the work of the Church and Christ-centered missions by investing resources in building healthy relationships and advancing economic development in local communities.

Dr. Hughes lives in Covington, GA with his beautiful wife Mrs. Nwaka M. Hughes. As a family, they believe in education and enjoy making holistic impact in communities through supporting various Christian and nonprofit organizations.

Jeff Newton

Worship Pastor

Jeff has been in church his whole life and was saved at a young age. Throughout the years, he has been involved in various ministries, such as jail outreach, Awana, Celebrate Recovery, and Tribulation Trail. Through the ministry work at Celebrate Recovery, he began leading worship about 18 years ago. Soon after, he became the worship pastor at his church and has served on staff at several other churches. 

Jeff has a passion for singing praises to the Lord and to lead others in worship. He first came to Eastside as a volunteer for Tribulation Trail, which he has been a part of for over 20 years. Jeff began as the interim worship leader at Eastside in July of 2019, before coming on staff as the worship pastor in 2021.

Jeff has been married for 31 years and has 4 children. He is an IT professional and has been employed by a local hospital for the last 25 years. His interests include computers and electronics and he enjoys playing video games in his free time. 

Zack Hinton

Student Pastor

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Zack Hinton grew up at Eastside. He has grown through the Student Ministry here and now he leads it, starting in August 2021. He has a passion to see students come to know Christ and then help them to become disciples of Christ.

Jennifer Buffington

Children's Ministry Director

Jennifer grew up at Eastside Baptist Church while her father served as Senior Pastor for 17.5 years. She has returned to our church and began to lead our Children's Ministry in October 2019. Jennifer has a passion to reach, teach and train children for the Lord.


Jennifer is married to Phillip. Together they have 5 children and recently gained a wonderful son by marriage. She loves spending time with her family, reading and teaching. Her favorite place is at the beach enjoying the ocean air and the sound of the waves.

Dreme Brown

Administrative Assistant

As our Church's Administrative Assistant Dreme truly has a servant's heart as she serves Christ by serving the church. Dreme has faithfully served the Staff and people of Eastside Baptist Church since February 2008.