Rev. Jerry Speer - Pastor

Bachelor of Science, University of Alabama, 1974

Master of Divinity, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1977

Bro. Jerry has been our Pastor since June, 1981.  He has served as a Vice-President of the Georgia Baptist Convention, President of the Georgia Baptist Preaching Conference and Chairman of the Georgia Baptist Executive Committee.

Life Verses:  Proverbs 3:5-6

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."


Jake Wood - Minister of Music

Bachelor of Arts in Music, Columbus State University, 2016

Jake has been our music minsiter since Easter 2015.  Jake grew up in Northside and felt God's call into ministry while serving in the capacity of interim music minister.  Jake is currently working on his Master of Arts in Worship degree from  Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  

Life Verse: Colossians 3:17

"And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him."


Rev. Eric Gargus - Minister of Students

Bachelor of Social Work, Jacksonville State University, 1996

A twenty-one year student ministry veteran, Eric joined our staff in July of 2017. His role at Northside is "Next Gen" ministry, meaning he ministers to students ranging in age from kindergarten through college. In addition to ministering to students locally, Eric ministers to students all over the country through his writing for various student ministry organizations. 

Life Verse: Luke 9: 23

"Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.