Keith Smyser

Education and Administration Pastor

I was raised in a Christian home and regularly attended church.  Around age 8 God begin to work in my life and I increasingly enjoyed reading the Bible and learning more from my Pastor & teachers at church.  At age 11 I realized I needed more than head knowledge of the Bible and trusted Jesus as my Savior & Lord. Shortly after my public profession of faith I followed the Lord in baptism.  After growing in my walk with the Lord, at age 19 I surrendered to full time vocational ministry.  After graduating college from Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in Recreation, I attended New Orleans Seminary for one semester and then graduated from Southern Baptist Theological  Seminary in Louisville, Ky with a Master’s degree in Christian Education.


How long have you been in full time ministry? How long have you been at FBC?

I have had the joy of serving in full time ministry for 45 years in five states (KY, AL twice, GA, MS, & TN). I have served at First Baptist Athens since June of 2013.

Favorite Bible Verse?

Proverbs 3:5-6 has been my favorite verse and my life verse.
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

Interesting, not so well known, fact about yourself.

My summer job for three summers was to work for the recreation department in Lexington. KY. I planned and organized activities for the school age kids at a playground in a subdivision. One year we had a pit dug out filled it with water and had a tug of war with other play grounds. We managed to get a local TV station to come & cover the event. I never saw the interview or the coverage because it was long before the time we had a device to record anything on TV.

Favorite food or restaurant?

My favorite food is banana pudding and my favorite restaurant in North Alabama is
Terra Nova.

Favorite Sports team

Basketball-University of KY
Baseball-Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves


Running, reading, golf, and watching HGTV & History channel.
Favorite Vacation Spot-been to or want to go to

Visiting family in KY & wherever my children live.

Favorite Old Testament story or character

Jeremiah whose life & ministry shows the good, the bad, and the very human side of this prophet.

Family Life

Married to my wife Teresa since August 5, 1978.

Two married adult children: Aaron & his wife Samantha Smyser, grandson, Eason, and granddaughter, Emery. They live in Starkville, MS

Whitney & her husband, Devin Kroh, granddaughter, Thea, and grandson, Reece, live in Louisville, Ky