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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 over 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 uses her spiritual gifts in administration and organization to strengthen the local church.

They are the parents of two adult sons —  Brandon married to Lauren, and Tyler married to Catie.  

In addition, they have six grandchildren; Sawyer, Andrew, Alice, Matthew, Leah, and Peter.  

Dr. Smiley enjoys flying as a licensed small aircraft pilot, umpiring small college and high school softball, and playing USTA 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

Church 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