Reverend Doctor William J. Smith, Jr., is a native of Mathews County, Virginia. His early exposure to the Word of God led him to accept Christ as his Lord and Savior and obey the call of God on his life for service to the Body of Christ. He was licensed and ordained at the Lebanon Baptist Church in Urbanna, Virginia and served as an associate minister at Third Baptist Church in Portsmouth, Virginia, under the leadership of Dr. Joe B. Fleming.
Pastor Smith has matriculated through the Mathews County Public Schools System obtaining an Advanced High School Diploma. He has completed his undergraduate education obtaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Leadership and furthered his education graduating with a Master of Arts degree at Virginia University and Seminary of Lynchburg, Virginia, where his thesis research focus was“Church Leadership and Effective Interpersonal Communication”. His passion for preaching and learning has led him to obtain Doctorate of Ministry degree at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, with a dissertation entitled “We are Family: Closing the Generational Divide in African American Churches through an Intergenerational Ministry Model.” Reverend Doctor Smith also holds certificates in Proposals and Grant Writing, Church Administration, and Counseling.
Pastor Smith has pastoral experiences in Southwest Virginia, North Carolina and most recently served as Senior Pastor at New First Baptist Church, (Taylorsville) located in Portsmouth, VA.
In May 2015, Pastor Smith was selected to serve God’s people at Second Missionary Baptist Church, Kokomo, Indiana. Since taking the pulpit in July 2015, by the grace of God, Second Missionary Baptist has experienced physical and spiritual growth. His passion for preaching, teaching and administration are helping to catapult the church for ministry in the 21st century. He is committed to grow Second to be the church that raises the village (community) through the process of I.O.U. (Inreach, Outreach and Upreach)!
Reverend Doctor Smith is a faithful and committed leader, who displays a loving spirit for the Lord and congregation he serves. He is passionate about proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ, making the Word of God relevant in the lives of believers, and building the kingdom of God in the congregation and community. Pastor Smith has been recognized by Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC as a Lewis Fellow, Calvin College (Summer Seminar, Oasis Preaching Seminar), Morehouse College as a MLK Scholar. As a faithful steward of his life and gifts, Reverend Doctor Smith has served on several denominational, ecumenical, and community boards. He is leading Second Missionary Baptist Church in participation with denominational conventions and associations. He is presently writing his first book with Westbow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson. God has unusually gifted him for such as a time as this.
Pastor Smith’s life and ministry are strengthened and supported by his wife, the former Dennine Johnice Jordan a native of Prince Edward County, Virginia, who is pursuing a Master Degree in Public Health at Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia.
His motto is: Forget the past but chart your future. Philippians 3:12-13