Wayne and Martha Smith
Wayne and Martha Smith Wayne and Martha Smith will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary August 26th. They graduated from South Side High School and were married at the Fort Wayne Gospel Temple. They went on to graduate from Northwestern College and Seminary, Minneapolis, in 1949 and 1950, when Dr. Billy Graham was president. They pastored the Evangelical Covenant Church in Randal, MN; the Tuscola Community church in Tuscola MI, where they lived in the Methodist parsonage and preached in the Baptist church. They pastored Silvercrest Baptist church in Pontiac MI. before coming to the Bible Baptist Church Auburn in 1965. They started Faith Christian Academy in 1976 with 33 students. They moved the church and school to the present location on 180 acres, 3 miles south of Auburn in 1981. The name was changed to Lakewood Park Baptist Church and School, it has over 600 students today. Wayne served as senior pastor from 1965 to 1984 and assistant pastor until 1992 when he retired. They have four children and their spouses: Dianne and John Mitchell of Auburn, Scott and Sherrie Smith of Broken Arrow OK., Mark and Kelly Smith of Indianapolis and Brent Smith of Auburn. They also have seven grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren.