Jerimiah Smith, Pastor
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I was born and raised in the great town of Abilene, Texas and was fortunate enough to grow up with an incredible family. After graduating high school, I left Abilene to attend the University of Oklahoma and would later get my Masters of Divinity with an emphasis in cross-cultural studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. My sophomore year at OU I met Jennifer, whom I would later marry in the summer of 2004. She was born and raised in Oklahoma City and also comes from a great family. She is a licensed registered nurse but currently runs her own photography business while being a full-time mom. We have lived in Oklahoma, California and Texas and are truly best friends. We are blessed with two amazing children, James and Annabelle who keep our lives fun and full of adventure. After serving as the Director of Global Ministries at First Baptist Arlington, I felt the Lord call me to pastoring and joined the staff at University Baptist in the fall of 2016.
What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday?
It’s hard to beat spending time with my family no matter the time of year. That said, fall is one of my favorite times of the year so I love having a Saturday where I can coach my kids’ soccer games, play outside and watch some great college football.

What's your favorite Bible verse (or character)?
I’ve always loved II Timothy 2:10 that reads, “Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect that they too may obtain salvation in Christ Jesus with eternal glory."

What is a book you have recently read and would recommend to others? 
The Big Disconnect is a great book that discusses the impact technology is having on families and is very thought provoking.
What is your favorite hobby?
Sports and music. I love teaching sports to my kids, playing sports with my friends when I can and of course watching my favorite teams compete.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?
I’d love the power to teleport anywhere in the world. I love to travel and see different cultures so being able to get there in an instant without any hassle would be awesome.