dr. timothy l. kelley



Tim Kelley, an Alabama native has served in ministry to the Birmingham area for the last twenty years. He was Minister of Students and Single Adults at Southside from 1985 to 1994, and Pastor of Green Springs Baptist Church from 1994 to 2000, and Associate Pastor for Ministries and Administration at Southside Baptist Church. On September 12, 2021, Dr. Kelley was installed as Pastor.


An alumnus of Samford University, earning the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree (1980), Dr. Kelley continued his education at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with the Master of Divinity degree (1992), and the Doctor of Ministry degree (1998) from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham. He was licensed to the ministry in 1985 and ordained in 1990 by Southside Baptist Church.

Rev. Ethan Asters

Ethan Asters grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi and has served in various ministry contexts throughout the Southeast including Birmingham, New Orleans, and Nashville. Ethan is interested in the intersections of spirituality and activism, affirming  the gospel of Jesus as a transformative and holistic message that is good news to all. Ethan and his wife, Hannah, recently returned to Birmingham with their 8-month-old daughter, Evangeline (Evie), and could not be more excited to participate in the life of the Southside community. 

Ethan is a graduate of Samford University and has continued his education at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. He was ordained by Brookwood Baptist Church in January 2021. Ethan joins the Southside staff as Minister of Community Engagement and Spiritual Formation.

Support Staff

Kenny Gannon - Choirmaster

Sarah Heaslett - Organist/Director of Music

Rosetta Richards - Parish Nurse

Shannon Martin - Church Assistant