Senior Pastor

John A. Nixon, Ph.D., is our Senior Pastor. He is a graduate of the University of Mobile with a Bachelor of Arts Degree (magna cum laude). He earned his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. He has served as a university and seminary professor as well as a pastor before coming to Bayside Baptist. Pastor John can be reached by emailing
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Associate Pastor (Senior Adults)

Rev. Mark Pullen is our Associate Pastor (Sr. Adults). Mark retired from full-time ministry as Bayside Baptist’s Senior Pastor in 2010. After a short time away from the ministry, Mark returned to lead our Senior Adult Ministry, the New Horizons. Mark is also involved with our Missions Ministry Team. Contact Mark by emailing

Worship and Media Arts Director

Michael Wells is our Worship and Media Arts Director. Michael spent 24 years in the United States Navy serving as a piano and keyboard instrumentalist. A graduate of the Basic Music, Unit Leader and Senior Musician courses at the Armed Forces School of Music, he is an exceptional musical leader effective at developing a variety of musical products, including live and recorded performances featured world-wide. On top of leading our 11:00 Contemporary Service, Michael creates video productions for upcoming church events. Michael can be reached at
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Weekday Preschool Director

Christi Stephens is our Director of Bayside Baptist Weekday Preschool. Since joining the church in 1988, Christi has served as a volunteer in various ministries of the church, including teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School.  She has also served as the TeamKid Director, Upward Basketball Director, and Student Ministries leader. In the summer of 2013, Christi accepted the position of Bayside Baptist’s Weekday Preschool Director. She had previously served as the assistant director for another area preschool. Christi has a passion for the Lord, her family, and children. Contact Christi at