Senior Pastor

John A. Nixon, Ph.D., is our Senior Pastor. Pastor John, his wife Roxann, and three kids; Ella, Sara and John Robert, joined the ministry here at Bayside in June 2012. 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 an university and seminary professor, as well as a pastor before coming to Bayside Baptist. Pastor John can be reached at

Church Administrator

David Joshua is our Church Administrator and is responsible for administering the business affairs of the church. David and his wife, Peggy, began attending Bayside in December 2016. David spent 28 years in the United States Navy serving as a Surface Warfare and Strategic Planning Officer for numerous staffs.  He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Morehouse College in Atlanta Ga., a Master of Science degree in Management from Salve Regina University in Newport RI, and a Master of Arts degree in Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. David loves the Lord and strives to use his administrative talents to walk humbly and guide with integrity (Psalm 11:2b-3a).  David can be reached at

Worship and Media Arts Director

Michael Wells is our Worship and Media Arts Director. Michael joined our staff in August 2014. 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 9:45 and 11:00 services, Michael creates video productions for church events. Michael can be reached at

Kid’s Ministry Director

Lauren Sisson is our Children’s Ministry Director. Lauren oversees programs for kids in 1st-5th Grade. She, along with her family, has called Bayside Baptist home since the Fall of 2015. She has served with our Sunday morning Children’s Worship and Wednesday evening programs. Lauren strives to help children grow and develop into the unique individuals God intends them to be through meaningful relationships, engaging lessons, true worship, joyful service, and parent partnerships. Lauren can be reached at

Kid’s Ministry Assistant Director

of Preschool 

Veronica has been actively serving in the preschool ministry at Bayside for over 10 years. She has served as a FishBOWL teacher, Wednesday Night Coordinator, Nursery Coordinator, AWANA Puggles Director, and VBS Preschool Director. She has also served as a Basketball and Cheerleading Coach with our Upward Ministry and on the MOPS Steering Team. Veronica can be reached at

Director of Communications

Karen Rizzo is our Director of Communications. Karen and her family first began attending Bayside in August of 2006. Karen coordinates and communicates the church calendar, events and projects to church members and the general public. The best part of her role is getting to work alongside incredible leaders- both staff and volunteer. Karen also provides administrative support to the Senior Pastor. In addition to her role in the church office, Karen also serves as a member of our Praise Team.
Karen can be reached at


Katrina Critides is our Bookkeeper. Katrina has been a member since August 2011. She is a native of Jacksonville, Florida and attended Florida State University where she minored in Economics. She has over 10 years of experience in Bookkeeping, Human Resources, and Management. She is a driven Navy Wife and actively serves in our Kitchen, Upward Basketball, Student, and Women’s Ministries.   Katrina is devoted to our Lord and strives to live her life through 1 Cor. 10:31 ,  “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God”. Katrina can be reached at

Head Custodian

Michael Williams is our Head Custodian. Michael supports each ministry by maintaining our facilities and insuring that the building is set up and prepared for each event and function. In addition to the custodial demands of the church, Michael leads and provides maintenance for the various building equipment and systems.  Michael has served on staff as Head Custodian for over 35 years.