Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, Georgia, Announces Clay Smith as Senior Pastor Candidate

Clay Smith and his wife Terrica have three children — Madison, Molly, and Miller. The search team for Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Marietta, Ga., announced Sunday (July 14) that North Carolina pastor Clay Smith will preach in view of a call on Aug. 4. He is seeking to occupy the pulpit previously filled by former Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright. Photo submitted

The search team for Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Marietta, Ga., announced Sunday (July 14) that North Carolina pastor Clay Smith will preach in view of a call on Aug. 4 to occupy the pulpit previously filled by former Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright.

Smith, who currently serves as senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Matthews, N.C., is an M.Div. graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Currently he is pursuing his doctorate from Southwestern.

In addition to serving at First Baptist since August 2014, the South Carolina native’s ministry experience includes being the minister of adults at Shandon Baptist in Columbia, S.C., from 2008 to 2014, and associate pastor, outreach and education at Alice Drive Baptist in Sumter, S.C., from 2005-2008.

While in seminary in Fort Worth, Clay served as an intern to pastors Jack Graham and David McKinley at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, from 2002-2005.

“We firmly believe that He has led us to this point,” Smith said in a video presented to the church on Sunday, “and are so excited about all that He is doing and will continue to do at Johnson Ferry.”

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Source: Baptist Press