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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Thank You!

“Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon His name, make known his deeds among the people” (1 Chronicles 16:8). “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits” (Psalm 103:2). “Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endures forever” (Psalm 106:1). “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57). “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20). “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you” (Philippians 1:3). When was the last time you wrote a thank-you note to someone? When was the last time you expressed sincere gratitude

Baptist Associations

A Baptist Association can be described as a fellowship of churches on mission locally and globally. In England, the formation of the first Baptist association followed the county geographical lines that were originally drawn for defensive purposes. The first Baptist Association in America was The Philadelphia Baptist Association, which was founded in 1701. In Texas, the first Baptist association was formed on October 8, 1840. These early associations proved that they would be able to do more to promote the Gospel together than they could alone. I served as Director of Missions for twenty-one years, and in 2007, I was blessed to be able to lead a group on tour of the site of the first gatheri

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