Joshua L. Hughes became the senior pastor of East Side Baptist Church in February of 2019. Joshua has served southern Baptist churches in North Carolina since 2006. His central passion for ministry revolves around the command to preach the word (2 Timothy 4: 1-2). Pastor Hughes believes in the discipline of “text-driven preaching.” This includes preaching where the text of scripture is presented according to its sprit, structure, and substance. This is the very core of making disciples that make disciples (Matthew 28: 18-20).

Pastor Hughes has a bachelor’s degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is also working on his Master of Divinity degree at South Western Baptist Theological Seminary and plans to pursue a PhD in text-driven preaching.

Pastor Hughes is married to his best friend and partner in ministry, Jessica Hughes. In his free time, he enjoys running, reading, preaching, and looking for steak houses. During football season your will find him cheering for the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Favorite Bible Verse: 2 Timothy 4: 1-2

Funny/Interesting Fact: Wanted to be a pro wrestler when he was a kid.