Kurt M. Smith is the pastor-teacher of Providence Reformed Baptist Church. He and his wife, Lorrie, reside in St. Clair County with their three children – Nicole, Owen, and Sean. Kurt has served in the Gospel ministry for 30-plus years, where he’s had the joy and privilege to preach and teach God’s Word across the southeast in multiple churches via itinerant evangelism and in the service of pastoring three local churches in his native state of Georgia. Likewise, in 1996, he traveled to Great Britain, ministering God’s Word for a season in Sheffield, Yorkshire – “doing the work of an evangelist” in schools, workplaces, homes, and churches. Kurt holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Luther Rice Seminary (Lithonia, GA) and is a published author in the genre of Christian biography. His works include Thundering the Word: The Awakening Ministry of George Whitefield (2020), Piety, Passion, Paradox: The Life and Legacy of Basil Manly, Sr. (2019), Remembering Luther’s Fight: A Primer on Martin Luther’s Life and Legacy of Standing for the Gospel (2017), Holding Georgia for Geneva: P.H. Mell and the Baptist Defense for Calvinistic Orthodoxy (2017), and is co-author to The Gospel Heritage of Georgia Baptists: 1772-1830 (2016) – these works are published by Free Grace Press and Solid Ground Christian Books respectively. He’s also a contributing author to the multi-volume series, A Noble Company: Biographical Essays on Notable Particular-Regular Baptists, published by Particular Baptist Press. Kurt serves on the Administrative Council of The Georgia Association of Confessional Baptists and is a board member for The Deep South Founders Conference. The most shaping influences for Kurt in Christian living and pastoral ministry, in subjection to God’s sanctifying work by the light of His Word, are John Owen (1616-1683), Jonathan Edwards (1703-1757), George Whitefield (1714-1770), J.C. Ryle (1816-1900), C.H. Spurgeon (1834-1892), and Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981). Apart from family and pastoral ministry, Kurt’s pastime indulgences are deer hunting, playing guitar, and reading history from the fields of Military, Politics, and the Old West.