Colby Smith is new church minister; starts July 1st

Rev. Colby Smith is the new church minister following an extensive search process and unanimous approval by the congregation. He officially starts July 1.

His first sermon will be Sunday, July 3rd at the 8:30 and 10:45 am worship services. A reception will follow the second service.

Here's some information and Colby and his family.

Colby was born and raised in the north Texas city of Wichita Falls.

In the midst of a summer ministerial internship Colby met Suzy Franklin. After a two year courtship between Texas and Oklahoma, a marriage took place in First Christian Church of Wichita Falls on May 25, 1991.

Colby attended Brite Theological Seminary at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. and received a Masters of Divinity with Pastoral Care & Counseling Emphasis.

Suzy graduated from college in Oklahoma with an elementary teaching degree.

They have two children. Jessica, 24, is a pharmacy tech with CVS. Chance is 19 and completing his first year of college.

Colby and Suzy are excited about the ministries at our church and look forward to serving those within such a fine church family.

Colby becomes the church's 23rd minister in the church's 181-year-history.

The church thanks our search committee members Brenda Shrout, chair; Annette Carter; Patty Cox; Jay Crowley; Wayne Smith; Vance Spearman and Geoff Ingram for diligence and hard work.