Since June 2016, Dr. Kevin Smith has served as executive director of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware. Prior to this position, he served as assistant professor of church history and Christian preaching at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; teaching pastor at Highview Baptist Church in Louisville; and president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention and chairman of its Mission Board.
A native of Washington, D.C., Brother Smith grew up in Prince George’s County, where he attended DaMatha Catholic High School and now tells of fond memories of weeks spent at the YMCA summer camps in Edgewater, Md., as well as many teenage nights at the Inner Harbor and the Woodlawn Mall. He even served as a research assistant for the U.S. Senate.
Prior to joining Highview’s staff in 2013, Smith served as senior pastor of Watson Memorial Baptist Church in Louisville for eight years. In the Kentucky convention, Smith served on its Great Commission Task Force, encouraging church leaders to increase Cooperative Program giving, and on the Committee on Committees (2006-2009), Administrative Committee (2007-2010) and Committee on Credentials (2012-2015).
Smith has been a member of the SBC Committee on Resolutions on five occasions, most recently in 2014. SBC Executive Committee President Frank S. Page appointed him to the SBC African American Advisory Council, which met from 2012-2015. Smith also is a member of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s Leadership Network Council.
Smith earned an undergraduate degree from Hampton University, a historically black college in the Tidewater area of Virginia, where his father is an alumnus.
After serving in New York City as an auditor, Smith moved to Kentucky to study tax law and sat under the ministry of Elder D.J. Ward, pastor of Lexington’s Main Street Baptist Church. There, he was discipled and called into ministry — and he met his wife Patricia.
They soon married and moved to Chattanooga, Tenn., where Smith studied at the Church of God Theological Seminary, now called Pentecostal Theological Seminary in Cleveland, Tenn., earning a master of divinity degree in historical studies in 2001.
While in Chattanooga, Smith served as associate pastor of Olivet Baptist Church and then as senior pastor of Antioch Baptist Church before planting Love Fellowship Baptist Church, a mission church in a housing development/low-income area.
He additionally has been a visiting professor at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and an instructor at Simmons Bible College in Louisville and Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn. He has led short-term missions trips to the Caribbean and Africa.
The Smiths have three adult children, JeMichael, Dane and Keturah, and two adopted nephews Timothy and Josiah.