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.

Dr. Smith'S BOOKS




Megan McArdle’s book The Upside of Down shows the benefits of failure. It tells of an experiment involving various groups such as engineers, lawyers, business leaders, and kindergarteners. For the experiment, each group was given 20 pieces of uncooked spaghetti, a meter of tape, and a piece of string and then instructed to see who could create the largest structure within an 18-minute time limit. Can you guess who did the best? Yes, it was the kindergarteners. Why? They did not worry about failure; they just “got after it” and kept going even when collapses occurred. Even your own Jacksonville College staff has participated in this experiment. Proverbs 24:16 says, “a just man falleth seven


Six years ago, Bill Hybels, senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, apologized to his congregation for failing to produce disciples in the church. His problem in producing disciples is not uncommon. The average church today focuses on programs or public worship experiences. Few have any emphasis on discipleship. Robby Gallaty in his book, Growing Up: How to Be a Disciple Who Makes Disciples, quotes Jason Mandryk of Operation World, “Discipleship is the greatest challenge facing the church today.” Jesus’ focus was not on the masses but on twelve men who would change the world. We would do well to follow our Master’s model as did Paul when he stated, “And the things that thou hast he

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