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



Debt Free in Three: 2020

When I was a boy, I remember crying, “Mama, my legs hurt.” She would rub them and attempt to console me, “Those are growing pains.” I thought to myself that it sure does hurt to grow. Today, Jacksonville College is experiencing growing pains. Our enrollment has grown every semester, and the increase in student population creates stress on our infrastructure. In December, we had major plumbing problems in the cafeteria. Five large air conditioning units across campus have gone out, and the working units are under stress trying to keep up with AC demands. In addition, the Joe Wright property cannot be completed until a new roof is put on. Continued student growth over the past few years has al

Ministry is a Mandate

God’s call is foremost to Himself for salvation. That call for salvation came to me in 1961 at First Baptist Church Bellville. After salvation the call is for service. My basic call for service was to preach. I tried to refuse, offer excuses, and bargain with God, but in the end, I was like Jeremiah. Jeremiah 20:9 says, “Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.” Like Peter and John when they were commanded to speak in Jesus’s name, they said, “Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.

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