Our Ministry Staff

Tyler Armstrong

Senior Pastor

Tyler was voted in as the Senior Pastor at Woodward Avenue Baptist in April 2023. He had previously served at churches in northeast Alabama and most recently in Irving, Texas prior to transitioning to Muscle Shoals to serve at Woodward Avenue Baptist Church. Tyler is a graduate of Jacksonville State University with a BSE in Secondary Education and History. From there, he went on to graduate from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and completed his Master of Divinity (MDiv).

Tyler takes pride in being a product of the local church, beginning his preaching ministry at the age of 17 as he was trained by local church members and pastors. His prayer is that Woodward Avenue Baptist becomes an equipping center for Christians as they live out their faith in the Shoals and beyond.

Tyler married his high school sweetheart, Ryann, in 2016. They are the parents of Brooks and Jaxon. Tyler loves spending time with his family. During his free time, you will probably find him playing at the park with his boys, at various disc golf courses throughout the Shoals, lifting weights, or running. He is an avid Atlanta Braves fan and Auburn sports fan, as well as enjoying a good cup of coffee.

Our Ministry Staff

Tyler Armstrong

Senior Pastor

Tyler was voted in as the Senior Pastor at Woodward Avenue Baptist in April 2023. He had previously served at churches in northeast Alabama and most recently in Irving, Texas prior to transitioning to Muscle Shoals to serve at Woodward Avenue Baptist Church. Tyler is a graduate of Jacksonville State University with a BSE in Secondary Education and History. From there, he went on to graduate from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and completed his Master of Divinity (MDiv).

Tyler takes pride in being a product of the local church, beginning his preaching ministry at the age of 17 as he was trained by local church members and pastors. His prayer is that Woodward Avenue Baptist becomes an equipping center for Christians as they live out their faith in the Shoals and beyond.

Tyler married his high school sweetheart, Ryann, in 2016. They are the parents of Brooks and Jaxon. Tyler loves spending time with his family. During his free time, you will probably find him playing at the park with his boys, at various disc golf courses throughout the Shoals, lifting weights, or running. He is an avid Atlanta Braves fan and Auburn sports fan, as well as enjoying a good cup of coffee. 

Ashley Brewer

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 North 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 from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Ashley has a heart for sharing Jesus with children of all ages, and helping them see their value through the eyes of The King. She also continues sharing her love for serving the Church throughout the week with her position at Lifeway Christian Resources.

Ashley is married to Will, who is an Associate Professor of Nursing and the Director of Simulation at UNA. They enjoy traveling, shopping, all things Disney, and spending time with their dogs Molly Belle and Aubie..

Maggie Granlund

Interim Director of Worship Ministries

Maggie began serving as our Interim Director of Worship Ministries August 27th, 2023. Maggie is no stranger to Woodward Avenue Baptist Church, as she has been a friend and frequent collaborator with our Worship Ministries over the years. We are thrilled to have a familiar face leading us in congregational worship. 


Maggie is married to Andrew, who is a collaborative special education teacher at Florence Freshman Center, and they have two children, Ruby and Pace. Both Maggie and Andrew grew up in households deeply involved in Baptist music ministry. Maggie has devoted 16 years to worship ministry in various churches across Alabama, Florida, and Texas.

Ashley Brewer

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 North 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 from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Ashley has a heart for sharing Jesus with children of all ages, and helping them see their value through the eyes of The King. She also continues sharing her love for serving the Church throughout the week with her position at Lifeway Christian Resources.

Ashley is married to Will, who is an Associate Professor of Nursing and the Director of Simulation at UNA. They enjoy traveling, shopping, all things Disney, and spending time with their dogs Molly Belle and Aubie.

Leasha Laster

Director of Senior Adults

Leasha began serving our senior adults in 2022, and has since launched a senior adult ministry at WABC called The Foundation. Originally from Albertville, Alabama, Leasha had a long career as a nurse practitioner which eventually led her to the other side of the country - working for the VA in Long Beach, California. She retired from the VA in 2020 and returned home to the shoals.


Leasha has two daughters, Kelly and Emily, and one grandson, Archie. In her free time you can find Leasha spending time with her friends and family, volunteering with various local organizations, and participating in regular Emmaus Walks. Along with a passion for ministry, Leasha also loves music, Alabama football, and her very energetic Cavapoo.

Maggie Granlund

Interim Director of Worship Ministries

Maggie began serving as our Interim Director of Worship Ministries August 27th, 2023. Maggie is no stranger to Woodward Avenue Baptist Church, as she has been a friend and frequent collaborator with our Worship Ministries over the years. We are thrilled to have a familiar face leading us in congregational worship. 


Maggie is married to Andrew, who is a collaborative special education teacher at Florence Freshman Center, and they have two children, Ruby and Pace. Both Maggie and Andrew grew up in households deeply involved in Baptist music ministry. Maggie has devoted 16 years to worship ministry in various churches across Alabama, Florida, and Texas.

Leasha Laster

Director of Senior Adults

Leasha began serving our senior adults in 2022, and has since launched a senior adult ministry at WABC called The Foundation. Originally from Albertville, Alabama, Leasha had a long career as a nurse practitioner which eventually led her to the other side of the country - working for the VA in Long Beach, California. She retired from the VA in 2020 and returned home to the shoals.


Leasha has two daughters, Kelly and Emily, and one grandson, Archie. In her free time you can find Leasha spending time with her friends and family, volunteering with various local organizations, and participating in regular Emmaus Walks. Along with a passion for ministry, Leasha also loves music, Alabama football, and her very energetic Cavapoo.

Our Support Staff

Conner Gresham

Director of Student Ministries

Conner is no stranger to Woodward Avenue. He spent his childhood and teenage years as a member of our faith family. He is a graduate of the University of North Alabama with a BBA in professional finance and is pursuing his Masters in Philosophy at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. 

He has previously served as an intern at multiple churches as well as the student director at a church in Sheffield, Alabama. He has a passion for discipling and raising up the next generation of believers. 

In his free time you can find him reading, working out, or playing any and all kinds of sports.

Sheila Holland

Financial Secretary  
Administrative Assistant

Tammy Kirk

Facility Assistant

Conner Gresham

Director of Student Ministries

Conner is no stranger to Woodward Avenue. He spent his childhood and teenage years as a member of our faith family. He is a graduate of the University of North Alabama with a BBA in professional finance and is pursuing his Masters in Philosophy at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. 

He has previously served as an intern at multiple churches as well as the student director at a church in Sheffield, Alabama. He has a passion for discipling and raising up the next generation of believers. 

In his free time you can find him reading, working out, or playing any and all kinds of sports.

Our Support Staff

Sheila Holland

Financial /Administrative  
Assistant

Tammy Kirk

Facility Assistant

Jenny Boozer

Nursery Coordinator

Tony Bush

Media Assistant

Jenny Boozer

Nursery Coordinator

Tony Bush

Media Assistant