"My name is Alton Midgett Jr. and I am Senior Pastor here at Westside. I was blessed to be raised in a Christian home. During my adolescence, my parents were missionaries to Canada. We served two terms there before returning to minister here in the States. It was while ministering in South Carolina that I met my lovely wife Lisa and we had our two wonderful daughters Rachael and Rebecca. The Lord called me to preach as a young man. He has allowed me to hold the offices of Youth Pastor, Assistant Pastor, and Pastor. Most recently I served at Trinity Baptist Church in Williamston S.C. with Dr. James A. Norris and as Pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Anderson S.C. Ten years ago God called my family and I here to Westside first as Co-Pastor with Dr. Melvin Payne and now as Pastor. I count it an honor to have had the opportunity to serve alongside Pastor Payne all of these years and am excited to see all that God has in store for Westside in the coming years. God is blessing this great ministry almost beyond belief. We can truly say, '…but with God all things are possible'.”
Dr. Melvin Payne: Pastor Emeritus
“I was saved at the age of 20 after having been a church member for seven years. I was married to the late Dot Turner Payne, who passed on to heaven in 1998. I have been active in the music ministry since my teen years. Later, after salvation and marriage, I continued to serve God in the music ministry as pianist, organist, and music director. I was also active in youth ministry. Called to preach at the age of 36, I immediately went into full time ministry as minister of music and youth at Mills Chapel Baptist Church in Newnan, GA. Later I served as interim pastor at Rock Springs Baptist and Hope Memorial Baptist both in Coweta County, Georgia. After the death of my wife Dot, I was blessed to marry Mildred Watson Payne. Prior to her first husband's death, Mildred served as the pastor's wife at Mills Chapel Baptist Church in Newnan. Now God has placed us together to continue in His work.” Pastor Payne is still an active and invaluable part of the ministry here at Westside. We are very grateful for his many years of work and sacrifice for the cause of Christ.
David Payne: Director of Children's Ministries and Music
" I am David Payne and I am both the Worship Leader and Children’s Ministries Director here at Westside. I have been a part of Westside Baptist Church since its founding. In 1979, God called my father, Dr. Melvin Payne, to establish Westside Baptist Church. During my childhood my father served as a music minister so I was exposed to music at a young age. My dad had me singing in the choir and performing solos at the age of 11 and music has always played a strong role in my life. As director of the Worship Choir, I am committed to ensuring that our music program here at WBC is Spirit led and God glorifying. We are blessed to have many talented singers and musicians in our church that lend their voices and talents to honoring God. As Director of Children’s Ministries, I also oversee our evangelism to the children of Coweta County through our bus ministry, Club 252 Children's Church, Discovery Kids, CREW 412 Middle School Youth, and IMPACT Teens . God’s Word clearly illustrates the emphasis Christ placed on the value of Children. We here at Westside strive to fulfill the Great Commission to reach these little ones for the Cause of Christ. "
William Davison: Technology & Media Director
“I was raised in a Christian home. My family and I traveled across the South East singing in many revivals and camp meetings. I was saved at 14 years of age and called to preach when I was 22. I married my high school sweetheart Kimberly Coker in 1998 and we have two children, Madison and Will IV. With my family's support I served as Music Minister at Cross Pointe Baptist Church in Birmingham. I then moved to Chapel Hill Baptist Church in Birmingham to work as Youth Pastor and to work with my younger brother. Several years ago God laid it upon my heart to serve here at Westside and help further this ministry in its goal to reach Newnan with the Gospel. My goal is to use our podcast, apps and technology to reach as many as possible with the Gospel and to provide quality media to believers.”