We have several ministries that are aimed at helping the modern family live a life of faithfulness to Jesus Christ. From our lively God-honoring music, sound Biblical preaching and teaching, family-focused events, awesome events for young people, and overall Christ-like friendliness, we trust that what you receive at East Side Baptist will be by far the most encouraging experiece you may have received in a while. We would like to invite you to one of services that are held here at ESBC.

Service Times:

Sunday School – 9:15am (Life Stages Groups)
Sunday AM Worship – 10:15am
Sunday PM Worship – 6:00pm
Wednesday PM Service – 7:00pm
  • Main Service – Main Auditorium
  • Sr./Jr. High Student Ministry – CA Center Room 3
  • Kids Club! – CA Center Main


Where we stand on Bible Doctrine

The Bible
We believe the Bible to be the revealed Word of God, fully and verbally inspired of God. We believe the Scriptures to be the inerrant, infallible Word of God, as found within the 66 books from Genesis to Revelation. We believe God not only inspired every word, but has preserved them through the ages. We believe the King James Version is the preserved Word of God for the English-speaking people. It is and always will be our practice to encourage people to live, share, and study the Bible. (Psalm 12:6-7; II Timothy 3:15-17; I Peter 1:23-25; II Peter 1:19-21).
We believe in one God, who is eternal, self-existent, infinite, and immutable. We believe He has one nature, one essence, and one substance, yet manifests Himself to man in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; I Timothy 1:17; James 1:17; I John 4:4).
Son – Jesus Christ
We believe Jesus Christ to be the one and only Savior of mankind. We believe Jesus Christ to be eternally God and to possess all the attributes of Deity. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was virgin born, that He was God incarnate, and that the purposes of the incarnation were to reveal God, to redeem men, and to rule over God’s kingdom. We believe Jesus Christ never relinquished any attributes of His Deity, but merely veiled them. We believe He lived a perfect, sinless life, at the end of which He was offered for all mankind as a substitutionary sacrifice for man’s sin. This sacrifice was a just payment to God for the forgiveness of sin. It was activated by His death through the shedding of His blood on the Cross and was accepted by God upon His resurrection. We believe He ascended into Heaven after His resurrection to be seated at the right hand of the Father, waiting for the time of receiving His church at the Rapture, and returning seven years later to earth to rule and reign as King for 1,000 years. (Psalm 2:7-9; Isaiah 7:14, 9:6, 43:11; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:25; Luke 1:26-35; John 1:1, 1:3, 14, 18, 29; Romans 3:19-25; Romans 5:6-15; Philippians 2:5-11; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Timothy 2:5; I Timothy 3:16; Titus 2:10-15; Hebrews 7:26, 9:24-28; I Peter 1:19, 2:2; I John 1:3; Revelation 20:1-6).
The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit of God is a person who has personality and all the attributes of Deity. We believe the Holy Spirit has always been involved in the affairs of mankind. However, we believe He has a special ministry which began at Pentecost and will continue until the Rapture. This ministry includes convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. The Holy Spirit was also sent to regenerate, sanctify, seal, and fill all who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ. (John 3:5-6; John 14:16; Acts 1:5; Acts 11:15; I Corinthians 3:16; I Corinthians 6:19-20; I Corinthians 12:13).
“Every man who takes a stand is determined by God’s grace to never fall.”
Sin and Salvation
We believe all men were born with an inherited sin nature received from our common ancestor, Adam. We believe that because of his nature, man is a sinner by choice, and he is totally incapable of reforming himself or ceasing from his sin by his own power. We believe the only hope of deliverance for man is a total change of mind concerning his sinful condition and inability to change it, and a turning to Jesus Christ as the only Saviour. We believe that only through the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ on the Cross can a man be delivered from his sin. We believe that all those who reject Jesus Christ as their Saviour are already condemned to an eternity in the Lake of Fire. (Genesis 5:1-5; Acts 4:19; Acts 16:31; Romans 3:10-23; Romans 5:6-12; Romans 6:23; Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-6; Revelation 20:11-14).
The New Testament Church
We believe the church began with the calling out of the twelve apostles by Jesus Christ and was empowered on the day of Pentecost. We believe the local church is God’s only institution to carry out His work today. We believe the local church is composed of members who have been saved and baptized according to the command of Christ, and have voluntarily united together for the purposes of worship, fellowship, service, and the Lord’s Table. We believe all true believers will be taken up at the Rapture, just prior to the Tribulation. (Matthew 16:16-18; Acts 1:15; Acts 2:41-43; Acts 11:15; Acts 20:28; I Corinthians 15: 51-58; Ephesians 1:12-14; Ephesians 5:25-30; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Timothy 3:4-15).
The Last Days
We believe in the literal interpretation of the Scriptures in their grammatical and historical context. We believe in the pre-tribulational Rapture of the church saints, followed by the seven-year Tribulation. We believe in the pre-millennial return of Christ to the earth and His literal rule of one thousand years. Following this one thousand years is the Great White Throne judgment and then the new Heaven and new earth. (I Corinthians 15:51-58; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Thessalonians 5:1-9; Revelation 19-22).




East Side Baptist Church // Brief History

Founded: March 5, 1972
Founding Pastor: Pastor Teddy Steele
Original Members: 18
Location: 3232 Covington Pike // Memphis, TN 38128
Brief History:
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. Rebeka 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/Youth: Isaac Johnson
Secretary: Mrs. Rebekah Cutshaw
Secretary: Mrs. Beverly Cartwright
Financial Secretary: Mrs. Janey Angus

Our Staff



Finley Cutshaw

Senior 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



Isaac Johnson

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 2 children (Chloe and Isaac)
BS – Tri State Baptist College
Contact info:
Office Phone: 901-372-2583

East Side Baptist Church Office Staff & Support Staff.

Secretary – Rebekah Cutshaw
Secretary – Beverly Cartwright
Financial Secretary – Pam Pollard

East Side Baptist Church Deacons.

David Allen / Josh Davis / Don Johnson
Billy Bailey / Roy Lemmon / Wendell Pegram
Kevin Phillips / Richard Wall / James Scott
Lee Sinclair / Kendall Yarbro