Bringing a number of years of experience in business and ministry, Justin Smith is a person who loves to train and work with those whom God has called to preach, teach, and lead His people. He is married to the lovely and talented Jen and they have a 5 year old son, Nate, and a 2 year old daughter, Joanna, an a newborn, Sam. He is a native of Charlotte, NC and currently resides in Morganton, NC, where he is the Education and Discipleship Pastor at East Valdese Baptist Church in Valdese, NC.
Justin holds a B.S.B.A. from UNC Charlotte, where he concentrated in Managerial Leadership and minored in American Studies, and a Master of Divinity in Biblical Studies from Southern Evangelical Seminary in Matthews, NC. He was awarded the Doctor of Education at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, where he studied teaching and learning theories and leadership and wrote a dissertation on the relationship between a pastor’s leadership behaviors and Sunday school growth. Justin has held a variety of ministry positions, ranging from camp counselor to interim pastor, and has a heart for working with underdogs and those that the world has turned its back on.