After serving four years in the U.S. Navy (NAS Miramar – San Diego) the Smiths (now plus one – Madison Joy ’91) ventured off to the great Midwest and Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN. No greater theological education is possible than the one Pastor Smith received at CTS. Vicarage (Palo Alto/Stanford) was a tremendous success. An extra year at the seminary after graduation to pursue a Master of Sacred Theology (STM) was also a highly enriching experience. It was in that year that the family added the fifth in a long line of Wileys (Wiley Jones Sorelle ‘95), named after the first (it’s a long story).
God smiled on the seminary graduate as he received his call into the holy ministry to serve Christ the King Lutheran Church of Redlands, CA (’96). A warm and generous congregation, served admirably for many years by Rev. Eugene Paulus, CTK welcomed the Smith family and the journey of new pastor and parish began auspiciously. The omega Smith child (Samuel Markis ’99) has completed the family structure.
Pastor Smith enjoys tennis but could do without the surgeries (shoulder, knee, and elbow). Gardening (how domestic!) is also a sideline. Pastor Smith is a soccer dad, a devotee to the ducks (Oregon not Anaheim), and the St. Louis Cardinals. The greatest thing he has ever done was marry his wife – seriously. Pastor Smith has a high regard for the historic liturgy of the church, the heritage of the Lutherans, and the Gospel narratives of the life of Jesus Christ.