John Smith, Senior Pastor

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Pastor John, as he is lovingly known in Kiowa, received Jesus Christ
as his personal savior at the age of 9 years old. He began his youthful
walk with the Lord at that point and five years later at the age of 14
heard the call of the Lord to preach the Gospel. At 17, he left home
in Ringgold, Louisiana to enroll at Central Baptist College in Conway,
Arkansas and received both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees
from Central Baptist College.

At Central Baptist College he not only received a fine education but
was introduced to his future life-partner, Miss Debra Dorman. They
have been happily married since 1979 and have been blessed with
8 wonderful children, one daughter-in-love, three sons in love,
and 13 grandchildren.

Pastor John has served as pastor of Hattieville Baptist Church in
Hattieville, Arkansas, Bethel Baptist Church in Lonedell, Missouri, and
Bethel #1 Baptist Church in Rison, Arkansas. He also served as
the Director of the Association of Baptist Students at
Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana.

In the summer of 1996, Pastor John and his family came to Colorado
to plant a church in Kiowa. Since that time Pastor John, Debra and
their children have made it their passion to try to serve Jesus Christ
by serving the people of Kiowa, Elbert, Elizabeth, and the surrounding
area. In his spare time, Pastor John tries to stay involved in the
community by coaching middle school basketball. He loves to go on
long walks and work in the yard with Debra, and of course spend
time with his children and grandchildren.

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