Ministers

Preaching Minister:

Youth Minister:

Our Spiritual Shepherds

Eddie Taylor

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Eddie and his wife Diane are some of the most genuine and caring members in our church family. Eddie became an elder May of 2016. He is retired from the railroad. 

Tim Balentine

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Tim has been a shepherd at Shoals Church the longest and has served our congregation with his family for years. He works for Fennel Farms in Leighton, Alabama.

Roger Henry

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Roger has been with Shoals from the very beginning. He takes initiative and has a giving heart of a pastor. Roger and his wife Vicki own Roger Henry Insurance in Muscle Shoals. 

Ministry Leaders

Rickey Longcrier: Secretary and General Planning Team

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This ministry includes planning for our normal events throughout the year, such as: homecoming, friends and family day, fall festival, Christmas program, back to school gathering, etc. We have an event almost every month. Some are small, like a cookout. Others require more planning. We all should be involved with helping the church grow close to each other as a community and as a family. The first century church accomplished this by having various gatherings together. Sometimes this was for holidays, sometimes it was just a random time of the year. They made a point to have true community!

John Swim: Community Outreach Team

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This ministry includes working with John Swim to come up with ways in which we can use our BWC (Because We Care) funds and use them wisely. Jobs include: Coming up with outreach events, looking for children or families who are struggling and helping them, etc. 


Scripture clearly teaches that we all should be involved with helping others, but for some, this might be a real passion. We want to utilize our God-given gifts to help in areas such as this one. We want to make a difference!

Dennis Burks: Church Family Visitation Team

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This ministry includes phone calls, cards, and/or visits with those who are sick, shut-in, struggling, or haven't been involved in a while.  Even if you are saying to yourself, “I wouldn’t know what to do or say if I went to visit someone at the hospital or in their home,” you can still write a card or make a phone call. We should always encourage those who might otherwise feel forgotten or left out. Those struggling with sin or family issues, those who are new or don’t come often, and those who are dealing with death or illness all deserve the edification of the church.

Michael Burks: Children's Ministry Team

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This ministry includes individuals who want to help in the organizing of VBS, children's church, camp, and various events throughout the year for those 5th grade and younger. 


Scripture clearly teaches that we all should be involved with helping the children grow up with the knowledge and morals that God intended for them to have. The children are not only the future of the kingdom of God, but in a sense, they are a part of the kingdom now. Jesus tells us that if we wish to be a part of the kingdom, we must be like children. 

Louie Hipps: Meeting and Greeting Team

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This ministry includes going the extra mile to welcome and encourage both members and (especially) guests. Those on this team will take turns each week handing out the bulletin at the door in order to make sure everyone is welcomed. They will also point guests to others who are on the team who can introduce them to members and help them get seated and feel at home. 


It is necessary for our members and especially our guests to feel wanted and at home when they enter our doors. This group greets both the members and the visitors, gives everyone a bulletin, shows guests where our facilities are, and then introduce them to other members.

Bud Waters: Book-keeping and Church Law

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While the church is a family spiritually and socially, it is, in some ways, a corporation. Don't be frightened by this term. After all, it just simply means "body." The church is a spiritual body, but legally, each congregation is also considered an official body (corporation) by the government. 


This means that their are laws and regulations we must follow so long as they do not offend the message of the Gospel. Paul says in Romans 13 to obey the governing authorities. Bud Waters keeps himself updated on church law and book-keeping so that we can continue to enjoy the privileges we are blessed with here! 

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Worship Minister: Dustin Bulman

Dustin Joined our ministry as a worship minister October 2017. He leads us in song and praise. He also trains our praise team each week. He has a beautiful voice and a beautiful heart for praising our Lord. The Shoals Church family considers itself fortunate to have Dustin on our team and in our congregation!