David Smith's passion for enabling and equipping teams to reach their communities has lead him to have more than 48 years experience in ministry. He began his ministry as a part of Dove, one of the very first contemporary Christian bands in America. For the next seven years, he ministered to approximately one million people. In 1975, he helped plant MetroChurch in Edmond, Oklahoma, and served there for 24 years as an Executive Senior Pastor (In 2000, MetroChurch merged and became Life.Church.) David then spent 6.5 years as Executive Senior Pastor at Calvary Assembly Church in sunny Florida. After his time there, David joined the staff of Gateway Church in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, in 2005 and was an Executive Senior Pastor. He had several areas of focus which included overseeing their $100 million dollar annual budget as well as their 30,000 average weekly attendance. His belief that the church is the hope of the world is what brought him to Journey Church. He and his wife, Linda, have five children, six grandchildren with two more grandchildren on the way.