Pastor Caleb Smith
Pastor Caleb joined us in September 2010 and originally comes from New Zealand. After completing a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and a Postgraduate Diploma in Resource Studies from Lincoln University (New Zealand), he 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 the Worship ministry, Caleb is passionate about Cross-Cultural ministry, Pastoral Counseling, Spiritual Formation and our Christian mandate for Social Justice. Caleb completed the Master of Divinity degree at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Lombard, and has recently begun working on a Doctorate at Western Seminary in Intercultural Ministry and Spiritual Formation. Caleb is an ordained Minister with the American Baptist Churches USA.
Caleb’s wife, Janine, completed her Doctorate in the Chiropractics program at the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, and now works as a Chiropractic Physician in Plainfield, IL. Janine is originally from South Africa. Caleb and Janine have been married since July, 2007.