Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Psalms 119:9-11
Pastor David Fox grew up in Harford County, Maryland, in the small town of Darlington. Shortly after receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior at age 21, Pastor Fox answered the Lord’s call to full-time ministry. His wife Robin accepted the Lord as Savior at age seven, and had the privilege of growing up in a godly pastor’s home. The Foxes met while attending Bible College and were married in June of 1992. That same summer they moved to Gray, Tennessee where Pastor Fox served for nearly nine years as youth pastor of Buffalo Ridge Baptist Church. In June, 2001, he then followed the Lord’s call to pastor Eastside Baptist Church. Pastor Fox and his family have a heartfelt love for the people of Eastside. They enjoy visiting, ministering, and spending time with church families. It is evident that Pastor Fox has a great compassion for souls and desires to help meet any need that arises. God has faithfully blessed Eastside under Pastor Fox’s leadership. The church has experienced both numerical and spiritual growth plus major building renovations and expansions. God has called several families from Eastside to full-time ministry, and the missions program has more than doubled. To God be the glory! Mrs. Fox oversees the Ladies’ Ministry, which offers all women in the church a chance to fellowship and grow together through various activities and ministries. She also serves as a member of the choir, orchestra, special music, and faithfully supports her husband as he leads the church. The Foxes’ oldest son Dave married Kayla in 2016, and they serve together in youth ministry at Mikado Baptist Church in Macon, GA . The Foxes’ daughter Davina married Jac Castillo in January 2020 and serves along side her husband in the youth ministry at Eastside Baptist Church. Their youngest son Dalton is in college. During times he is not busy at the church, Pastor Fox can be found spending time with his family or shooting hoops at the local YMCA. Mrs. Fox enjoys spending time with her family, sewing, reading, or playing her violin.
“I give God all the glory for His blessings at Eastside Baptist Church! It is truly a joy and privilege to serve the precious people of Eastside and I am so thankful that God has led our family to serve here since June of 2001! I am looking forward to what God has in store as we strive “to know Christ, and make Him known” in Greeneville, Tennessee and around the world! Please come see for yourself all the good things that God is doing at EBC! ” – Pastor Fox
Music and Administrative Pastor
D.J. and Amanda Willis came on staff in December of 2018 at Eastside Baptist Church. Brother D.J. trusted Christ at the age of fourteen and surrendered to full time ministry as a senior in high school at Venture of Faith Camp in Valdosta, Georgia. His wife, Amanda, was saved at the age of four and surrendered to ministry as a teenager. They both attended Baptist College of Ministry in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin and were married in 2013. During their college training, both Brother D.J. and Miss Amanda served on traveling evangelism teams burdened for reaching teenagers with the gospel and seeing Christian young people revived through the teaching, discipleship, and counseling of the Word of God. They served from 2013-2017 in Land O’ Lakes Florida in youth, music, Vacation Bible School, outreach and school ministry. Both Amanda and D.J. have music degrees and have a heart for music training and reaching youth of today’s generation. Brother D.J leads the music ministry of Eastside from special music, choir, and program events. He also runs the youth ministry on Wednesday nights called Ignite. They have three beautiful children named Emmalee, Owen, and Tara.
Jac and Davina started on full time staff at Eastside in January of 2020. Jac started his time at Eastside as an intern at the beginning of 2019. He was saved when he was 15 and surrendered to full time ministry that same year. Davina grew up at Eastside was saved when she was six years old and surreneded to ministry when she was a teenager. Jac and Davina both attended West Coast Baptist College and graduated in 2019. They were later married in January of 2020. They took over Ignite Youth Group in July 2021. Jac also oversees the media ministry and is responsible for various administrative tasks at Eastside as well.