Dwain A. (Joe) Eason is the founding pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, and he has continuously served in that capacity since 1975.
Brother Eason was born in Jesup, Georgia to Homer and Mary (Todd) Eason. He grew up in Liberty County, Georgia with six brothers and a sister. He attended Gum Branch Baptist Church and preached his first sermon there when he was fourteen years of age.
Throughout high school, he sang in a southern gospel quartet and would preach in regular church services, church-wide revivals, and youth revivals. His boyhood pastors, L. A. Savage and Thomas Barnard had a great impact on his preaching career, as did his father, who was a licensed lay speaker.
Joe Eason was educated at Bradwell Institute (High School), Brewton Parker Junior College (A.A.), Georgia Southern University (BSed), Georgia Southern Graduate School, and Luther Rice Seminary. His preaching and pastoral ministry includes Youth Pastor of Hinesville First Baptist (Hinesville, Georgia), Northside Baptist Church (Glennville, Georgia), Mendes Baptist Church (Mendes, Georgia), Register Baptist Church (Register, Georgia), and his long-time pastoral position at Trinity Baptist Church (Nevils, Georgia).
Brother Joe met the love of his life, Nancy Ann Jones, while conducting a revival service at Register Baptist Church. He married Nancy, the daughter of Lavon and Evelyn Jones, and they have three children: Elizabeth Ann Bauman (married to Barry), Mollye Nancy (1977-2009), and Joseph; and four grandchildren: Emily, Brett, Benji, and Ellie Bauman.
Mr. Eason was an original high school faculty member of Pinewood Christian Academy in Bellville, Georgia where he taught History, Bible, English, and other subjects from 1971 until 1995. While at Pinewood, he served as the Academy’s chaplain and conducted weekly chapel services for the lower and upper schools. He developed Pinewood’s high school chorus and led several soloists, trios, and quartets to region and state literary competitions in the Georgia Independent School Association. Awarded Teacher of the Year in 1987, he instilled Christian values to hundreds during his tenure at Pinewood. Mr. Eason also taught college courses at Brewton-Parker College for several years. He was named Ministerial Alumnus of the Year at Brewton-Parker in 2007 (Class of 1968).
Over the years, Brother Joe has delivered inspirational messages to audiences at a number of revivals, graduation ceremonies, and important community events. He has served as a Guest Chaplain to the Georgia State Senate, preached a revival in Italy, represented Trinity Baptist Church at several Southern Baptist Convention annual meetings, and served on the Nominating Committee at the Georgia Baptist Convention.
Most importantly, Pastor Eason loves God and His Church. Brother Joe provides comforting words and wisdom during the most difficult times of this life, and he celebrates with the Church whether it’s on the occasion of performing a baptism or conducting a wedding. His effective leadership has provided Trinity Baptist Church with a rich heritage and an exciting roadmap for its future.
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