Pastor Brian Smith grew up in Batavia, Illinois, where he had a Tribune paper route, played for the Battl'n Bulldogs, and did Houdini-like, underwater escapes at the Batavia Quarry. While attending Northern Illinois University, he became a follower of Jesus Christ in the spring of 1982 through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ and went on to earn his MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he met Elizabeth, his wife of 30 years. Brian and Elizabeth were in ministry for 10 years in Appleton, WI before moving back to his home area to plant Valleybrook Community Church. They have three young adult children who walk with Jesus faithfully and make them laugh out-loud.
Brian and Elizabeth bring their years of education and experience teaching and speaking to make what is taught at the conference come alive. Teaching excellent theology in practical ways that can be applied in the home and church is a passion they share and will bring to their all-ages-welcome workshop at this year’s NEXT conference.