Meet Our Staff


Senior Pastor    Paul Eastwood

Paul has served as Screven First Baptist’s Senior Pastor since 2022. He wasn’t always a pastor, though. Paul grew up with a love for taking things apart and learning how they work and how to make
them better. This lead him to a career as a diesel mechanic where he worked on everything from tractors and forklifts, to sophisticated equipment utilized by the US Navy to move missiles.

His desire to improve things lead him to return to school where he completed his BA in Business Administration and his MS in Quality Assurance. He advanced to the role of Quality Engineer within the Quality Assurance department of Lockheed Martin Space Systems, but God had a
greater purpose for Paul’s life.
Through his church, he had opportunities to participate in several international mission trips. It was on one of these trips that God began to speak into Paul’s heart and lead him to fulltime ministry.

A short time later he surrendered to God’s call into fulltime ministry. Since then, he has
served as Discipleship and Missions Pastor in AL and Youth Pastor in GA.
Today, Paul’s convictions come directly from the life Jesus modeled. Jesus was relational with
those He ministered to, but He never allowed culture to supersede scripture. Paul believes that
ministry is most effective in the context of relationships that build credibility and trust. Jesus also modeled what discipleship looks like. He taught the disciples, modeled what He taught, and
then provided opportunities for the disciples to try. You will see this same pattern in the way

Paul leads the church. His preaching style is expository with an emphasis on application in everyday life. In addition to his leadership at Screven First Baptist, Paul also serves on the Board of Directors
for the missions organization, Look to The Nations. He is also actively involved in all areas of the community. Paul and his beautiful wife, Melissa, have three daughters: Summer, Kaylie, and Addyson.

Interim Worship Pastor    Doug Waldo

Admin Assistant Tammy Shanklin First Baptist Church Screven

Administrative Assistant    Tammy Shanklin 

Tammy has served as administrative assistant at First Baptist Church Screven since 2009.  She lives in Gardi with her husband, Carl. They have two adult children, Caitlin and Tessa,  and four grandchildren she likes to spoil.

She enjoys traveling, camping and shopping. She and her husband are members of First Baptist Church of Screven.

Favorite verse: Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”