Dr. Mike Smith


Dr. William Michael "Mike" Smith has been involved in church ministry and ministry to churches since God saved him and called him to preach through the ministry of Pastor Alvis Bell and First Baptist Church of Bellville, Texas.  Since that time, he has been active in every area of Baptist life, from ministry to local churches to service at  associational, state, and national levels. He is frequently asked to serve as guest preacher, Bible teacher, and conflict mediator.

Dr. Smith pastored churches for 17 years in Texas at Gatesville, Frost, Valley View, Edom, and Terrell.  He has worked with the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention as a church planter in Illinois, and has served as 2nd Vice Chairman of the International Mission Board for the SBC.  From 1995 to 2008, Smith was Director of Missions of the Dogwood Trails Baptist Area in Jacksonville. Prior to that, he was Director of Missions at Double Mountain Baptist Area in Stamford, Texas for eight years.  He served as Director of the Minister/Church Relations Department for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention for three years before becoming president of Jacksonville College in 2011. 


Dr. Smith holds several academic degrees, including an Associate of Arts from Blinn College, a Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University, and a Master of Divinity and a Master of Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth.  He has an earned doctorate from Luther Rice Seminary, as well as a Doctor of Ministry degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.


Dr. Smith has taught courses as Adjunct Professor at the Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, and for Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth.  He has served on the Jacksonville College Board of Visitors, and has also been a member of the Board of Trustees for the college.


He and his wife, Susan Springer Smith, formerly of Terrell, Texas, have been married since 1974 and have two children and five grandchildren.  His son, Lance, is a graduate of Jacksonville College.

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Jacksonville College is Affordable

Attending college is an exciting time. Paying for it is not. Our Financial Aid staff is dedicated to helping you afford a Jacksonville College education. More than 95% of our students receive some kind of financial aid, and we try to provide financial assistance to students who would otherwise not be able to attend. Jacksonville College offers two basic types of aid to assist students in meeting the financial demands of attending college. Gift aid or scholarships are provided by the College to pay for a portion of the educational expenses of the student. Governmental financial aid includes federal/state grants and work-study. Neither scholarships nor grants have to be repaid. Don't let the c

Jacksonville College is Unique

In the United States 5,000 colleges of all types exist. 1,000 of these are two-year colleges. 50 of these two-year colleges are religious. In Texas 195 colleges of all types exist. 70 of these are community, two-year colleges. 4 of these are technical colleges. 42 of these are religious colleges: 12 Baptist 7 Catholic 6 Methodist 6 Church of Christ/Christian 3 Presbyterian 3 Non-Denominational, Interdenominational, or Multi Denominational 2 Lutheran 1 African Methodist Episcopal 1 Seventh-Day Adventist 1 Assembly of God How many of the two-year colleges in Texas are religious? One—Jacksonville College is it. Jacksonville College is unique and not for everyone, but the College is ideal for

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