Dr. Tom Smiley
Tom Smiley is the senior pastor of Lakewood Baptist Church in Gainesville, Georgia. The author of three books, he recently delivered the invocation to the U.S. House of Representatives in the nation’s capital.
When Dr. Smiley began at Lakewood, regular attendance was 300 with two full-time staff members and a ministry budget of $450,000. Today, Lakewood’s ministries reach the corridors of Gainesville, GA, and extend across the country with church-planting missions in Denver, New Orleans, and Connecticut, as well as globally in Guatemala and Croatia.
Today, the ministry has over 3000 members and a $4 million budget, 30% of which is pledged to support local, national and global outreach.
Fifteen full-time staff members coordinate and lead ministries that address homelessness, adoption and foster care, special needs’ children and adults, a downtown coffee house, a community sports and recreation outreach, as well as other support ministries with children, students, young adults and seniors.
Dr. Smiley is an oft-sought seminar facilitator and motivational speaker who addresses faith-based and corporate leaders. He loves to discuss topics on leadership, service, team development and strategic planning, and is unashamed of how his Biblical worldview formulates his positions and thoughts on pertinent topics and contemporary issues.
People are drawn to Dr. Smiley’s genuine desire to make a difference.
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