Dr. Travis D. Smith, born in Lancaster, South Carolina in 1956, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sacred Music\Youth Ministries in 1977 and continued post-graduate studies to January 1979. He received his Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies in 1997, graduating Magna Cum Laude. In May of 2000, Pastor Smith received an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Bob Jones University. He and Sheilah, his wife of 44 years, began ministry together in January 1979 when Pastor Smith accepted the call to serve as the Youth and Music Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Sterling Heights, Michigan (1979-1985). In 1985 he became the Youth Pastor of Hillsdale Baptist Church and served in that role until the sudden death of Dr. Alan J. Bradshaw (former Pastor) in 1995. Dr. Smith became the Senior Pastor of Hillsdale in 1995 and continues to serve the same today. The Smiths have three adult children and one granddaughter.