Pastor Caleb Smith
Pastor Caleb joined us in September 2010 and is a native of New Zealand. There he completed his undergraduate studies in Landscape Architecture (Lincoln University), followed by graduate work in Geographic Information Systems and Eco-Tourism. After finishing his studies at Lincoln, Caleb then worked in poverty alleviation in South Africa for almost eight years. During this time, Caleb sensed God’s call into ministry and relocated to the USA with his wife Janine for graduate study.
Caleb has served as a Worship Director at Beacon Baptist Church in East London (South Africa), and as a Worship Pastor at Bethany Baptist Church, Harwood Heights, IL. In addition to Worship, Caleb is also passionate about Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Direction, Pastoral Counseling, Preaching, Intercultural Ministry and Compassion-Type Ministries in church and community. Caleb completed the Master of Divinity degree at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Lombard, and is now undertaking Doctoral studies in Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Direction at Tyndale University College & Seminary in Toronto, Canada. Caleb is an ordained Minister with the American Baptist Churches USA.
Caleb’s wife, Janine, completed her Doctorate in the Chiropractic program at the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, and now works part-time as a Chiropractic Physician. Janine is originally from South Africa. Caleb and Janine have been married since July, 2007 and are Licensed Foster Parents.