I am Pastor Matt Smith. The Lord has blessed me with a beautiful wife, Barbie, and five children. I grew up in Syracuse, New York where my father is the pastor of Buckley Road Baptist Church.
As a pastor’s kid I received Christ into my life and my heart at the age of six, but had no desire to be a preacher myself. After high school I intended on going into the army to serve my country, but God recruited me to a much higher calling in His army. It wasn’t until the summer of my sophomore year that I yielded to the will of God. That summer I went with my youth group to a preacher’s conference in Virginia called COEBA. While there, God began to work on my heart revealing the need for pastors, missionaries, and evangelists to preach to a dying world without Christ. He gave me a burden to see souls saved. It wasn’t until I got home from this conference that I got down on my knees before God realizing the years that I had wasted not serving Him. I knew then that God was calling me to preach the Word.
Don and Helen Hughes have been with BIMI since June of 1971, and they have served the Lord in a number of locations. They have served in Saipan and Guam of the Mariana Islands, Korea, Hawaii (working with American military), and England. In those years they have started four churches and helped to build up seven others on the foreign mission field.
Pastor Hughes has been the Pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church for the Past five years. God has used him greatly to lead the Church, win souls and disciple the members.
As of November 11th 2012 Tri-City Baptist Church and Lighthouse Baptist Church have merged together. Pastor Matt Smith and Pastor Don Hughes have teamed up together to Co-Pastor the Lighthouse Baptist Church. I believe God is preparing to do a great thing in our Church. Come see the Lord work in our services.