Village Baptist Church | Z. Wade Smith
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“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14


My name is Wade Smith, I am 33 years old and the baby of six. If I am not spending time with my friends and family, you can find me reading, going to the movies, shopping or watching the Arkansas Razorbacks. Go Hogs Go!! When time allows I also enjoy going snow skiing or relaxing by the water. I enjoy competitive sports and try to keep myself in shape.

My dad was a Pastor for most of my life, so I was literally in the church ever time the doors were open. Occasionally I was even there when I shouldn’t have been – I guess that was one of the perks of being a preacher’s kid. As a kid, my sisters and our friends would use the church as our playground and explored every hall, room and closet in the church. Looking back it probably was not the best idea to crawl through the rafters, have friends fall into the baptistery or eat the Lord Supper crackers, but it is part of my story and something I will always cherish.

I was raised in a strong Christian family who made Jesus the center of our lives. In this environment I begun to understand who Jesus was and what He did for each of us. At the age of 8 years old I placed my faith in Jesus and believed in his death, burial and resurrection. Through His display of affection for His children I received grace and mercy for the forgiveness of my sin. Since then I have remained involved in church and began to grow as a follower of Jesus. Throughout my elementary and middle school years I grew in my faith, but when I entered into Junior High my faith really began to ourish.

During Junior High my father retired from preaching full time and we started attending First Baptist Church in Morrilton, Arkansas. In those years of going to church, youth group, retreats and camp my faith grew. The older I became I began to take my faith more serious and prayerfully considered what I was going to do after high school. The summer before my senior year I sensed God calling me into the ministry. At first this wasn’t the path I wanted to take because I had experienced what it was like growing up as a preacher’s kid, but once I started attending Williams Baptist College, God really started to work on my heart. It was there that God affirmed what I was going to do with my life and I haven’t looked back.

Upon graduating from WBC I started working full-time in Student Ministry. For the past twelve years I have served three churches and would not trade it for anything. I believe God has gifted me with the ability to help students and adults grow in their faith and pursue Jesus with their lives. I am excited to be a part of Village and what God is already doing through each of you.

God Bless and Go Hogs,

Z. Wade Smith


My hope for Village is that we will understand who Jesus is, follow Him and share the Good News with those we encounter.