Our Ministry Staff

Dr. William Rushing

Senior Pastor

Will began serving at Woodward Avenue Baptist Church in November 2013 and has previously served churches in South Mississippi & the Florida Panhandle. He grew up in Fort Walton Beach, Florida and became a follower of Jesus at age fifteen. Following a call into ministry, Will was educated at William Carey College (B.A.), New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Truett Seminary at Baylor University (D.Min.). Will’s doctoral work focused on developing a process for churches to discover and meet needs in the community. His passion is to lead the church to be an integral part of community life because the church has the answer to the community’s greatest need…Jesus!

Will and his wife, Kate, are the parents of Isabelle, Anna, and Luke. They also serve as foster parents through the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home.  Their family enjoys watching the Atlanta Braves play baseball and making annual trips to Walt Disney World

Timmy Ray

Worship Pastor

Timmy has served as Worship Pastor at Woodward Avenue Baptist since January of 2013. A native of the Shoals area, Timmy obtained his Bachelor of Science in Commercial Music from the University of North Alabama and his Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Beeson Divinity School at Samford University. Timmy believes corporate worship is an integral part of spiritual formation and strives to plan worship experiences which are edifying to all members of the church.
Timmy and his wife, Maggie Bea, married in October of 2011.

Timmy and Maggie Bea are the parents of Maddux, Sophie, and Theo, and have a  Labrador Retriever/Dachshund mix named Lucy. They've been known to enjoy Braves baseball, good coffee, music on vinyl, and all things Disney. 

Ashley Holmes

Director of Children's Ministries

Ashley's ministry at Woodward Avenue Baptist began in June 2021. She has previously served churches in North Alabama and Mississippi. Prior to her time in vocational ministry, Ashley also served two summers on staff with FUGE Camps in 2013 (Charleston, SC) and 2014 (Nashville, TN).

Ashley has her B.S. in Communication with a Vocal Performance minor from the University of Mobile, and her M.A. in Christian Education (M.A.C.E.) concentrated in Children's Ministry. Ashley has a heart for sharing Jesus with children of all ages, and helping them see their value through the eyes of The King.

 Ashley loves all things Disney, crafty, movies, and music. She is also engaged to Will Brewer, whom she will be marrying in December 2021. They enjoy traveling, shopping, and spending time with their three dogs, Sadie, Molly Belle, and Aubie.

Our Support Staff

Sheila Holland

Financial Secretary  
Administrative Assistant

Tammy Kirk

Facility Assistant

Jenny Boozer

Nursery Coordinator

Tony Bush

Media Assistant