Family and Hobbies
Dr. Smiley believes in and loves the local church. Since 1979, he has been engaged in pastoral ministry. He understands the role and challenges of the local pastor and has nearly 40 years of experience to share in matters of local church ministry.
Dr. Smiley was born in Atlanta, Georgia and spent his elementary school days in Savannah, Georgia. His high school and young adult years were spent in Gumbranch, near Hinesville, Georgia. He has been the Senior Pastor of Lakewood Baptist Church in Gainesville, GA since 1990.
God blessed Dr. Smiley with a supportive Christian wife in his high school sweetheart, Terri; they were married in 1978. Terri is currently serving in the Children's Ministry at Lakewood Baptist Church and is extremely gifted in administration and organization.
They are the parents of two adult sons — Brandon married to Lauren, and Tyler married to Catie.
In addition, they have six grandchildren; Sawyer, Alice, Leah, Andrew, Matthew and Peter.
Dr. Smiley enjoys flying as a licensed small aircraft pilot, umpiring small college and high school softball, and playing USTA and ALTA tennis.
Brewton-Parker Junior College, Mt Vernon, GA
Associate in Arts Degree in Biblical Studies
Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
Studies in Recreation
Blue Mountain College, Blue Mountain, MS
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies with Minor in Social Science
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC
Master of Divinity Degree with Religious Education
Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA
Doctor of Ministry with emphasis in Marriage and Family Ministry
Licensed, April 1977
Ordained, October 1979
Associate Pastor, First Baptist Church of Gumbranch, Hinesville, GA, 1977-1979
Pastor, Walnut Baptist Church, Walnut, MS, 1979-1981
Pastor, Philadelphia Baptist Church, Nashville, NC, 1982-1985
Pastor, Cool Springs Baptist Church, Tate, GA, 1985-1990
Senior Pastor, Lakewood Baptist Church, Gainesville, GA, 1990-present