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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Student Life

Some people have misconceptions about Jacksonville College. They assume that because JC has a small enrollment and is located in a small town, there is nothing to do here. The fact is that in addition to receiving a quality education, students find numerous activities such as those listed below: Student organizations B.J. Albritton Ministerial Alliance Choir Cross Act Company Drama Club Delta Psi Omega National Theater Honor Society Jaguar Band Jeff D. Welch Mission Team Phi Theta Kappa Academic Honor Society Science Club Student Government Association and Class Officer opportunities Walter Prescott Webb Historical Society Spiritual formation Chapel Bible studies held weekly and led by loc

Strategic Plan

When I assumed the office of President of Jacksonville College in November 2011, I first spent time personally meeting each employee. These individual listening sessions were planned to discover needs for the college from each employee’s perspective. Second, I visited with students and surveyed them regarding what they perceived as pressing needs for the college. Third, I formed a Strategic Planning Committee made up of staff, students, and trustees. The following is a result of those three months of strategic planning: Mission Statement: Jacksonville College exists to provide a quality education from a biblical worldview that challenges minds, transforms lives, and equips students for serv

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