James B. Law, pastor of First Baptist Church Gonzales, will be nominating Paul Smith to serve as Vice President of Southern Baptist Convention Pastor’s Conference.
Paul Smith has been pastor of First Baptist Church, Chandler, Ariz., since 2003. In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he serves as a Hebrew and Old Testament Professor at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary – Arizona Campus. Originally from Arkansas he attended New Orleans Baptist Seminary where he earned his M.Div. and Ph.D.
In his leadership as pastor of FBC Chandler, the church is consistently in the top five in the state of Arizona in baptisms and cooperative program and missions giving. In his thirteen year tenure, the church has grown from 100 meeting in a high school to almost 600 in their own building. They are about to construct more space debt free.
He has been married to his wife Jerri for over 30 years, and they have four children and two grandchildren.
Having known Paul Smith for nearly 30 years, I believe he would make a strong contribution to the leadership and planning of the Southern Baptist Convention Pastor’s Conference 2017, and for that reason, I plan to nominate him for Vice President of the Pastor’s Conference in St. Louis in June 2016.