Kurt Smith - Communications Coordinator
Kurt became the Communications Coordinator at Bethany Community Church in 2017.Â Prior to joining the staff at Bethany, Kurt spent ten years in local church ministry, serving as a youth pastor, a worship pastor, and a senior pastor.Â He is also currently a hospital chaplain at Unity Point Health- Methodist in Peoria.
Kurt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Church and Family Life Ministry from Lincoln Christian University, and is currently working toward a Master of Divinity degree in Great Commission Studies from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.Â
Kurt and his wife Mailee have been married for 14 years.Â They have three children: Moses, ZuZu, and Hosanna.
Ministry close to your heart?
I love to lead worship, joining the body of Christ as we engage our great God and Savior together.Â Closely connected to this is my desire to remember and support our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world.Â
Finish this sentence: If I have a free afternoon, I can probably be foundâ€¦spending time with my family, reading about American history, playing my guitar, orÂ rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals.
What is a Scripture verse that is meaningful to you?
The Scriptures that have transformed my life are Leviticus 11, Matthew 5-7, Ephesians 4-5, and Hebrews 13:3.
Book- The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah by Alfred Edersheim, anything about Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War
Sport- Baseball (a close second is Olympic Curling)
Restaurant- Pattiâ€™s 1880â€™s Settlement (famous for their 2â€ť pork chops!)
Ice Cream- Oreo Overload (Culverâ€™s)