After growing up in a bartender’s home, John David Smith’s life was changed on January 31, 1973 when he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior at Pinch Baptist Church in Sissonville, WV. In July of 1973, while Pastor Smith was working with the Department of Highways, the Lord began to deal with him about preaching. He answered the call to preach on September 1, 1973, just six months after his salvation. He began his pastorate at Leatherwood Baptist Church, in Frame, WV in 1974. He then pastored at Hurricane Baptist Church of Cleo, WV and Southpark Baptist of Charleston, WV before being led to Teays Valley.
When he received a call from Teays Valley Baptist Church, Pastor Smith felt led to go into full-time ministry and accepted the position of full time pastor for the church. His first service at TVBC was held on September 1, 1978. A total of 89 people attended morning worship that day, and 44 people attended the evening service.
God’s hand was surely upon Pastor Smith and his service at TVBC. Attendance grew quickly, and over 200 people were present during the Christmas service of 1978. The first building project, an activity building, was started shortly after the New Year in 1979.
It wasn’t long before a new sanctuary was needed due to the growth of the congregation. Ground was broken for the new building in Summer of 1985.
The First Annual West Virginia Jubilee was held at Teays Valley Baptist Church in June of 1987. This has become one of the most anticipated yearly revival meetings in the state of West Virginia. Every year people come from across the southeast United States and beyond to be a part of this exciting meeting.
Pastor John’s third building project was needed in 1994 as the congregation had quickly outgrown the relatively new sanctuary. Construction had already begun on a new multi-purpose building at the bottom of the hill, but due to the size of the congregation, the project was converted to a sanctuary which is still being used today. The main church sanctuary will hold about 1,200 people and is nearly full most Sunday mornings.
Pastor Smith has earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees from Andersonville Theological Seminary while pastoring full-time at Teays Valley Baptist.
Pastor Smith and his wife, Margurite, have been married for 39 years and have two grown children, Julie and James, and a precious granddaughter.
We thank the Lord for all that He has done through Pastor John and Margurite during their 35 years at TVBC and trust that He will allow them to serve for many years to come.