GRADY SMITH / Lead Pastor
Grady is the lead pastor for Gateway. He has been with us since November 2016. He is married to Julia and they have three young children.
Grady graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, with both a Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
and with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. His degrees were in the field of missions and evangelism with minors in theology and church leadership. In particular, his doctoral research was on how one’s view of providence impacts one’s prayer life. Grady believes in the importance of expository (verse by verse) preaching,
the role of community in the local church, the need for living missionally, and the importance of biblical counseling in the church to help believers grow in
holiness. Before coming to Gateway, Grady served on the staff of a church in Auburn, Alabama, for 14 years.