Rev. Wesley Smith
Wesley joined our staff in April, 2016, having served in ministry for thirteen years, all of those in Cleveland County. He served on staff at Sandy Run Baptist Church, and Boiling Springs Baptist Church, and volunteers as a chaplain for the Cleveland County Sheriff's office.
Wesley's immediate family include his wife Bonnie, his daughter, Avery, and their dog Lillie. Wesley and Bonnie grew up in Rutherford County, so they have extended family living close by. They enjoy having Sunday meals with their families as well as spending vacations with each other. Wesley graduated from Gardner-Webb University with an undergraduate degree in criminal justice and an MDiv degree from the divinity school. His hobbies include hunting, running, golf and fishing.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Western Carolina University (2003); Masters of Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (2005)
Katie joined the associational team in January 2006 after completing her degree at Southwestern. Her husband, Brian Harris, is President of Future Energy Company in Shelby. They have one son, Grant and one daughter, Sarah. They are both active members at Eastside Baptist Church (Shelby) where they enjoy doing mission work and working with the children's ministry.
Katie enjoys reading, movies, and traveling.
Jose officially joined the staff in January 2003. He is the founding pastor of Bethany First Hispanic Baptist Church, and has started another Spanish church, Gethsemane in Belwood. He is married to Maria and has three grown children and two grandchildren
Nicole joined our staff in July 2012. She grew up mostly in Cleveland County and is a graduate of Burns High School. Her husband, Billy, owns and operates a full time retriever training kennel. They have one son, Jed, who was born September 2009, and twin girls, Laney and Riley, who were born October 2014. Nicole and her husband are both members of Trinity Baptist Church. Nicole enjoys spending time with her family, photography and missions.