Pastor Wayne Smith

Wayne and his wife Ali are both from Memphis, Tennessee, where they met in college. Together they enjoy spending time with their family and friends, dining at a good restaurant, and reading a good book – even though they may differ in their preferred genre. Wayne is a sports enthusiast and may at times get carried away supporting his favorite team while Ali is more likely to be exploring the latest home decorating and renovation trends. They have three adult children, of whom they are very proud.

Wayne has over 30 years of experience in church ministry leadership. He is passionate about what God is doing through the local church and believes a foundational calling in the life of a leader in the church is to challenge the church to fulfill the Great Commission in the spirit of the Great Commandment. His most significant contribution to this mission is teaching God’s Word, organizational development, strategic planning, and developing leaders who walk with God and influence others.

Wayne has a B.A. in Communication from The University of Memphis, and a ThM in Pastoral Leadership from Dallas Theological Seminary. He studied for his DMin in Advanced Expository Preaching at Biola’s Talbot School of Theology.

You can check out his blog at and video postings on youtube @conversationswithwayne.