A Brief History

Founded: March 5, 1972

Founding Pastor: Pastor Teddy Steele

Original Members: 18

East Side Baptist Church first began in couples home in Memphis (The Bomprezzis). This small group of 18 believers soon called Teddy Steele to be their first official Pastor, on March 5, 1972. Over time The Lord began to grow East Side Baptist in great ways, both in numbers and outreach.

Over the years East Side Baptist Church has built a couple of buildings due to necessary room for the growth that it has experienced. The Lord used Pastor Teddy Steele (married to Mrs. Margaret Steele) to lead and shepherd the people at East Side Baptist Church for 40 years.

In 2011 Pastor Teddy Steele went to be with The Lord and God provided another man to continue the work in Memphis, TN. Pastor Finley Cutshaw (married to Mrs. Rebekah Cutshaw) was called to be the new pastor at East Side Baptist Church in February of 2011.

Pastor Cutshaw is a graduate of Ambassador Baptist College in Lattimore, NC. He has a burden for lost and saved. For the lost that they might come to Jesus and for the saved that they would remain faithful to the task that Christ has has committed to all who know Jesus as personal Savior.

East Side Baptist Church has grown over the years from 18 faithful people to nearly 450 in average attendance. 

We would love for you to visit East Side Baptist Church this Sunday!

Church Staff:

Senior Pastor: Finley Cutshaw

Assistant Pastor: Isaac Johnson

Secretary: Mrs. Rebekah Cutshaw

Secretary: Mrs. Beverly Cartwright

Our Pastor

Pastor Finley Cutshaw is the senior pastor of East Side Baptist Church in Memphis, TN. Pastor Cutshaw became Senior Pastor in February of 2011, succeeding founding Pastor Teddy Steele.

Pastor Cutshaw is married to Mrs. Rebekah Cutshaw and has 7 children (Ashley, Jessica, Finley, Matthew, Nate, Lauren, and Caleb)


BA - Ambassador Baptist College

Contact info:

Office Phone: 901-372-2583

Email: PastorCutshaw@eastsidememphis.net

Website: finleycutshaw.com

Our Assistant Pastor

Assistant Pastor Isaac Johnson is the Youth and Music Pastor at East Side Baptist Church. He has grown up at East Side. He came on full-time at ESBC in June of 2015.

Bro. Isaac is married to Mrs. Rebecca Johnson. They have 3 children (Chloe, Isaac, and Elijah)

Education: BS – Tri State Baptist College

Contact info:

Office Phone: 901-372-2583

Email: IJohnson@eastsidememphis.net

Our Support Staff and Deacons

Secretary - Rebekah Cutshaw

Secretary - Beverly Cartwright

Email: info@eastsidememphis.net

Deacons : 

David Allen / Josh Davis / Don Johnson

Billy Bailey / Roy Lemmon / Tim Nelson

Kevin Phillips / James Scott