Mark Smith is a man who loves God, loves His people, loves to preach the Word, and loves to grow God’s Kingdom. He has a true pastor’s heart and his passion for preaching is evident in his preparation, delivery and genuine love for people.
Mark is 55 years old and has been married to Toni for 35 years. They have two grown sons, both of whom have also followed God’s call for ministry. A native of Columbus Ohio, he has spent the last 31 years pursuing God’s call through preaching, teaching and music ministries.
Prior to coming to First Baptist Jackson, he served for 8 years as the senior pastor of Murdock Baptist Church in Port Charlotte, Florida, seeing that church steadily grow from 140 to nearly 1,000 in attendance. As a devoted expositor of God’s Word, he has a heart for advancing God's Kingdom through discipleship and missions
Mark spent the first fifteen years of ministry as a music and worship pastor, serving churches in Ohio and Georgia. In 1992, God's call changed his direction of ministry, and he began to prepare at Ashland Theological Seminary for the ministry of preaching and teaching. Mark graduated from ATS in 1998 with a Master's degree in Christian Education. His undergraduate degree is in Music Education from Ohio State University in 1987.