Jesse Smith

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Jesse Smith

On the couch with Alex
Born Jesse Maxwell Smith II
November 13, 1969 (1969-11-13) (age 47)
Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
Occupation Pastor
Spouse(s) Teri Smith (m. 1992–present) «Template:Start-date»"Marriage: Teri Smith to Jesse Smith" (linkback:
Children Kevin Smith (14)
Alex Smith (11)

Jesse Smith (born 13 November 1969) is the husband of Teresa (Teri) Smith and father to Kevin and Alex. He serves as the Pastor of Children and Families at Life Bridge Community Church.


Born on November 13, 1969 in Huntingdon, PA to Samuel Grant Smith Sr. and Jeannine Marilyn Smith (Hood), Jesse was named after his paternal Grandfather Jesse Maxwell Smith. After his birth, the family remained in Pennsylvania for a short time and then returned to Maryland finding a rental home in Rockville near his fathers place of employment. As the dynamics of the family changed with the older children moving from home, his parents began searching for a new home. Through a friend they found a house in Laytonsville, MD two doors down from an elementary school and four doors away from a Baptist Church. When they moved, the only children remaining at home were Sam Jr. and Jesse.

After moving to Laytonsville, the family began attending Laytonsville Baptist Church. It was at this church that Jesse made a profession of faith.

On October 31, 1976 the Sam, Jeannine and Jesse moved to Mt. Airy, MD. The distance from Laytonsville eventually precluded them from attending. Although they attended other churches for a time (including Liberty Baptist Church in Lisbon, MD), they eventually stopped attending church as a family.

During High School[1], Jesse attended a class that included planning and implementing a preschool. During these courses Jesse also worked at Bushy Park Elementary School.[2] It was at this time that Jesse decided to attend Towson State University in order to become a Kindergarten Teacher. Jesse studied early childhood education at Towson for two years after which he left school unsure that teaching was his calling.

In 1990 Jesse began chatting with Teri through a BBS and a relationship developed. Despite living 45 minutes apart they saw each other frequently and began talking about marriage. With none of his recent job choices (lower management of fast food, pizza delivery and retail chains) seen as viable to begin heading a family, Jesse set his sites on becoming a Maryland State Trooper. However, Maryland budget cuts canceled his class[3] and he opted to become a linguist in the US Army.[4]

On December 31, 1991 during a break from basic training, Jesse proposed. While Jesse was in training at the Defense Language Institute (DLIFLC) the couple was married on May 23, 1992 over a weekend break. Jesse moved to an efficiency apartment with his new bride that Monday and returned to duty the next day. Although they did not have much Monterey holds fond memories for the couple.

Following graduation from DLIFLC with a DLPT score of 2/2+/1+ in Spanish Jesse assigned TDY to Goodfellow Air Force Base before being assigned to the 110th Military Intelligence Battalion at Ft. Drum, NY.[5]

After four and a half years in the military, including a few months in Haiti[6] during Operation Uphold Democracy, Jesse was honorably released from service on a medical discharge.

Following his military service Jesse began working for Electronic Data Services as a database designer on a contract for PA&E a division of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. A year later EDS decided not to bid on continuing the contract and Jesse was hired by a smaller company, ASD, that was taking over the contract. He continued to work in PA&E as a systems engineer focusing on web design and level 3 support. He worked in both Chrystal City, VA and in the Pentagon and was near the Pentagon during the attack of September 11, 2001.

While working for EDS, Jesse and his wife began trying to have children. In the Fall of 1999 they discovered that they were pregnant but that joy quickly turned to sorry when they had a miscarriage a few weeks after learning of the pregnancy. Over the next two years they lost three other pregnancies. They began exploring the possibility of adoption. In late 2001 Teri was diagnosed with a blood disorder that was detrimental to the fetus. The doctors believed that they could control the disorder with blood thinners so another attempt was made. In early March they conceived a child that was born on October 29,2002.

Shortly before Kevin's birth, Jesse began working part time as the Minister of Students at Berwyn Baptist Church. Soon after being called into ministry Jesse realized that this calling was not meant to be part-time and began exploring the possibility of full time vocational ministry. Jesse late began working full time at Berwyn Baptist Church as the Minister of Students and Education and became an ordained pastor in the Southern Baptist Convention.[7]

While working at Berwyn Baptist Church the family added second child, who born March 10, 2006.

In 2008, the Jesse was called to serve as the Children's Pastor at the Evangelical Free Church of Wauconda, an EFCA church.

Notable Dates

Born 13 Nov 1969
Profession of Faith 1976
Graduated High School May 1987
First Date with Teri Dec 1990
Joined US Army 1 Dec 1991
Married Teresa Facchina 23 May 1992
Operation Uphold Democracy Sept - Dec 1994
Discharged from US Army 1996
First Child 29 Oct 2002
Second Child 10 Mar 2006
Called as Children's Pastor 1 Apr 2008
Graduated Bethel Seminary Jun 2011


Jesse's Top 5 Strengths, in order, are Deliberative, Developer, Intellection, Responsibility, and Input. According to Myers-Briggs he is a INTJ

Family of Origin

Samuel Grant Smith Sr. (9 Apr 1932 - 2014)

Born: Huntingdon, PA

Jeannine Marilyn Smith (Hood) (4 Aug 1932 - )

Born: Wolcott, VT


Sibling Age Date of Birth Place of Birth Parents
Ann Christine (Jones) 66 29 March 1951 , Jeannine Smith
Michael Miller 64 4 September 1952 , Jeannine Smith
Christine Kim (Rothrock) 62 5 Jan 1955 Sam, Ellabell
Barbara (Green) 61 14 December 1955 , Jeannine Smith
Samuel Smith, Jr. 59 28 May 1958 Sam, Ellabell

Family Tree

Emma Jane

See Smith Family Genogram


Places of Residence

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States Jesse has lived in or visited

Careers & Places of Employment

  • Various Teenage Employment
    • McDonald's (Swing Manager, 7 years)
    • Radio Shack (Store Manager, 1 year)
    • Deli (Closing Manager)
    • Convenience Store
    • American Pizza (Delievery & Manager)
  • US Army (Linguist, 4.5 years)
  • EDS (Database Developer)
  • ASD (Systems Engineer)
  • Berwyn Baptist Church (Youth Pastor) (2001-2008)
  • Evangelical Free Church of Wauconda (Children's Pastor)


  • Jesse has enjoyed photography for many years and in 2009 purchased a Canon EOS Rebel XSi. Some of his work can be seen on Flickr.
  • Enjoying TV shows and Movies.
  • In the late Spring of 2010, Jesse purchased a quality mountain bike and began riding regularly. Until that time he occasionally rode a heavier bike purchased from a box chain.
  • Like the rest of the Smith family, Jesse greatly enjoys books.

Books read in 2013














  1. Notable Story: Summer Vacation to Germany
  2. Notable Story: Working for Bushy Park Elementary
  3. (12 Jan 1993). Canceled Md. Trooper Class Reinstated, The Washington Post.
    Jesse would have been a member of the 104th Trooper Class, the class following the one reference in the article.
  4. Notable Story: How Jesse wound up in the Army instead of the Air Force
  5. Notable Story: Working without Pay
  6. Notable Story: What Jesse did to secure our Freedom (Spades& a cow)
  7. Notable Story: The Call to Ministry

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