Meet Our Staff
Andrew F. Schmitt, Pastor
About Pastor Andrew
Andrew has been East Tallassee Baptist Church’s pastor since July 2017. He and his wife Katie have one son, Haddon, and one daughter Piper Kathleen. Andrew received his Bachelor of Arts in History and Theology from the University of Mobile in 2011 and his Master of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2018. He came to be a follower of Jesus at a young age and answered the call to vocational gospel ministry as a teenager. Since that time, the Lord has graciously afforded him numerous opportunities for biblical teaching and preaching in a variety of positions within local churches. Andrew has a desire to see East Tallassee Baptist Church serve its surrounding neighborhood while simultaneously possessing a heart for the nations (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8). He desires to see East Tallassee Baptist Church become a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, and multi-generational church who is passionate about evangelism and discipleship.
You can follow Andrew on Twitter: @AFSchmitt0913
Stephanie M. Ingram, Secretary
Stephanie has been East Tallassee Baptist Church’s secretary since August of 2008. She and her family have been members of ETBC since September 2007 and she has been married to her husband, Jonathan, for 21 years, June of 2019. They have two sons, Jacob (17) and Cole (15). Stephanie loves music and is a part of the ETBC Praise Team and Choir, where she feels most passionate, serving the Lord through Praise and Worship Music.
Upon being approached to consider the job as secretary of ETBC back in 2008, she had been working at Tallassee Family Care as a medical assistant for Dr. Brandon Johnson and Dr. James Westberry. “The idea was to go back to nursing school to get my certification to be a medical assistant or RN degree, but God had other plans for my life at that time. My daily walk with the Lord, faith through the journey, and God’s grace as he revealed His sovereignty to me, grew as I took a leap of faith to take this job as secretary, which I had no experience in administration. My belief is, God had been preparing me my whole life for this job, understanding all sides of what it means to serve as a staff member and as a member of the body of Christ here at ETBC. It is a great honor and privilege to be a-part of this faith family. All glory and honor I give to my Father in heaven for without Him this life is without meaning and purpose!” There is an occasion for everything, and a time for every activity under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1
Stephanie’s hobbies are: Playing guitar, songwrighting, and crafts. She loves the beach and camping.
Favorite Book in the Bible: Romans
Favorite Praise Song: “Psalm 46 (Lord of Host)” by Shane and Shane
Peyton C. Moore, Children's Minister
Peyton is married to Cody Moore and they have two beautiful daughters, Paisley and Kallie Jane. Peyton is the daughter of Jerry and Donna Cunningham she has an older brother, Jordan and a younger sister, Madison.
Peyton has served as the Children’s Minister here at ETBC since February 2017. She has been a member of ETBC since a little girl and currently serves faithfully on the Praise Team, Adult Choir and Hospitality Team. She currently is employed at Tallassee Elementary School. Her husband Cody serves as a deacon and is involved in serveral ministries, Sunday School Director, Audio Visual Team (Sound Tech.), and the Building and Grounds Team.
Mrs. Gayle Emfinger, Pianist
About Mrs. Gayle
Mrs. Gayle has been a member of East Tallassee Baptist all of her life with an exception of three years while her husband Jimmie was in school at J’uille State. Mrs. Gayle has been in this ministry since she has been a teenager. Playing piano she feels this is her calling and service to her church family. She is from the town of Tallassee, AL and has been married to her husband, Jimmie Emfinger for 60 years. They have on son, Michael Emfinger. Mrs. Gayles hobbies; she enjoys retirement. Her favorite bible verse is Romans 8:28
Daniel L. Free, Student Minister
Daniel Free has been attending ETBC since 2013 (6 years). He has served as Youth Minster since September of 2019 here at ETBC. Daniel feels the most important thing about ministry is for others to have a desire to see others develop a relationship with the One True Father.
His education is: Associates: Snead State Community College. Daniel has received his Bachelor’s, Master’s, Educational Specialist and Ph. D at Auburn University. His hometown is in Albertville, Al. His wife’s name is Jacklyn and he has a daughter who’s name is Olivia Kate.
Daniel enjoys woodworking and reading as his hobbies.
Daniel’s favorite book in the bible is Acts.
His favorite worship song is Revelation Song.
James L. Bush, Music Minister
About Mr. James
I was married to the late Frelia Litton Bush for 57 years. God blessed us with 2 children, 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
I have been serving churches in Tallassee area as a bi-vocation music minister for 60 years, I retired from Tallassee City Schools in 2001 having served as assistant principal at Tallassee High School and Principal at Tallassee Elementary. I consider it a blessing and a joy to return to East Tallassee Baptist church where I attended as a child along with my parents and siblings.
It is my prayer that we as a church will worship our Lord with music that will be worthy of His praise.
Mrs. Cindy Gantt, Pianist
About Mrs. Cindy
I am married to Mickey Gantt and have two sons, Dylan and Cody.
I have been serving as the pianist for East Tallassee Baptist church for twenty years now. I started playing the piano when I was a teenager.