Wayne and Martha Smith

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Wayne and Martha Smith Wayne and Martha Smith celebrated their 69th anniversary on August 26. 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 Seminar, Minneapolis in 1949 and 1950 when Dr. Billy Graham was president. They pastored the Evangelical Covenant Church in Randall Minn., the Tuscola Community Church in Mich., where they lived in the Methodist parsonage and preached in the Baptist Church. The pastored Silvercrest Baptist Church in Pontiac Mich. before coming to the Bible Baptist Church in 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, three miles south of Auburn in 1981. The name was changed to Lakewood Park Baptist Church and School with over 600 students today. He 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 Broke Arrow Okla.; Mark and Kelly Smith of Indianapolis; and Brent Smith of Auburn. They also have seven grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren.

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