Beginning July 1, 2020, the First United Methodist Church of Jasper will be led by the Reverend Jacob Smith. Here is Pastor Jacob’s greeting to the church.
Greetings to First UMC, Jasper. As your newly appointed pastor, I am looking forward to our serving Christ together. My family is excited about the move and we expect great things for our time in Jasper.
A little about myself, I grew up in Jacksonville, Texas where my family still resides. After graduating from Jacksonville High School, I attended Stephen F. Austin State University where I studied communications and met my wife, Claire. I obtained my Masters of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at SMU in 2009 and began serving as an Elder in the Texas Annual Conference. I have served congregations in Pearland, Rusk, and Atlanta. For the past six years, I have also taught theology courses for the Course of Study program that educates local pastors.
My wife and I have two daughters, Adelaide and Felicity. Claire grew up in College Station where her father was in campus ministry for over thirty years. She is a CASA advocate, member of PEO, enjoys reading and true crime podcasts. Adelaide enjoys dance and the outdoors. Felicity also the likes the outdoors and creating any type of art project she can imagine. As a family, we enjoy watching movies, traveling, and cheering for the Dallas Stars.
My passions for ministry include preaching, teaching, mission work, and summer camp. My favorite Bible verse is Ecclesiastes 12:13: “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God, and keep his commandments; for that is the whole duty of everyone.”