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Minister to Students

I'm Ryan Smithee, Minister to Students at First Baptist Pineville.  I work with students grades 7 through college.  We are growing a student ministry in which teenagers can connect with one another and connect with God.  The goal of our ministry is to partner with parents to see students accept Christ as Lord and Savior, grow in their relationship with God, and then go and share Christ with others.  We accomplish these goals through Sunday School, discipleship groups, leadership opportunities, mission trips, summer camp, retreats, and other activities throughout the year.  We look forward to seeing YOU in our student ministry!


I was raised Tulsa, Oklahoma and went to Oklahoma Baptist University after high school.  I met my awesome wife, LeAnne, while at OBU, and we were married in July of 1995.  We moved to Ft. Worth in 1999 where I went to Southwestern Seminary.  In 2002, I graduated and a week later our oldest was born.  We now have 3 amazing girls named Jessica, Jordan, and Jaydan.  We have lots of fun and never have a dull moment in our house. 

LeAnne taught in the elementary grades for eight years and due to health issues, she retired from teaching.  Now she spends her time being an Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay Cosmetics and keeps up with the family schedules which is a full time job in itself. 

Birthday: July 7, 1974


Master of Arts in Christian Education, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary,

                Fort Worth, TX; May 2002 (Student Ministry Concentration)

Bachelor of Arts, Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, OK; December 1996

                (Major: Applied Ministry with Student Ministry Emphasis)

Bachelor of Arts, Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, OK; December 1996

                (Major: Recreation Administration)

Ministry Service:

I have had the amazing privilege of being in student ministry for 20 years.  Before coming to FBC Pineville, I served at Lakeside Baptist Church in Granbury, TX for 9 years.  Prior to serving in Granbury, I was the student minister at Hunsinger Lane Baptist Church in Louisville, KY, Associate Student Minister at Travis Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Student Minister at Hilltop Baptist Church in Shawnee, OK, and student ministry intern at Blackburn Chapel Baptist Church in Shawnee, Ok. 

Interests and Favorites:

  • Places: I love Colorado and enjoy time in Hoboken, NJ.
  • Dream Trips: LeAnne and I would love to go to Hawaii someday.
  • Books: I enjoy books that challenge me spiritually, as well as books about student ministry and real life military engagements. 
  • Favorite Television Shows: All of the N.C.I.S. shows, Hawaii 5-0, and Elementary.
  • Hobbies: Mostly spending time with LeAnne and the kids.  I also enjoy playing volleyball, disc golf, and watching Oklahoma football. 
  • Life Scripture: Knowing life will not always be easy and all I need to do is stay in right relationship with the Lord, I find comfort in Psalm 55:22 "Cast your cares on the Lord, and He will sustain you.  He will never let the righteous fall."