FBC Matthews calls Clay Smith
    July 17 2014 by Press reports

    The First Baptist Church (FBC) of Matthews voted unanimously July 13 to call Clay Smith as the church’s senior pastor.
     
    Smith, 35, currently serves as minister of adults at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia, S.C. Dick Lincoln, Shandon’s senior pastor, believes the Matthews congregation is “in for a treat.”

     
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    Clay Smith

    “Clay is bright, outgoing, energetic and full of good ideas,” he said. “He is a top-notch teacher who also knows and understands the work of the church in the 21st century.”
     
    Sue Morrow, chair of the senior pastor search team said, “Clay is a young, dynamic minister who has a heart for evangelism and a desire to lead God’s people in making a positive impact in other’s lives. It was thrilling, yet humbling, to see the Lord’s hand clearly at work as He brought Clay to us.”
     
    The son of a pastor, Smith has 14 years of ministry experience.
     
    He said his primary goal as a pastor is to make disciples for Jesus Christ and equip them to share the gospel.
     
    “I am convinced that, as Christians, we should ‘do church’ based on an Acts 1:8 model,” he said. “We should be concerned for our neighbors, whether they are across the street or around the world. And from that flows mission trips, strategic partnerships, community outreach – all opportunities to help people come to Christ as we grow in Him.
     
    “I am excited about the opportunity for an intentional sharing of ministry that emphasizes the size of the impact a church makes in its community more than just the size of the church.”
     
    Smith previously served at Alice Drive Baptist Church in Sumter, S.C., and Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas.
     
    A native of Greenville, S.C., he is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and the University of South Carolina in Columbia.
     
    He will begin his ministry at FBC Matthews on Aug. 10. Smith and his wife Terrica have three daughters: Madison, Molly and Miller.

    7/17/2014 11:12:47 AM by Press reports | with 1 comments
    Filed under: Clay Smith, leadership




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David Mercer
As a member of First Baptist Church of Matthews we are very excited about the arrival of Clay Smith as our new pastor. Please join us in this celebration in prayer and worship.
7/24/2014 1:28:18 PM

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