Rev. Dave Smith
Rev. Dave Smith has been serving as Executive Director of the Good Shepherd Mission since March 1994. He is a 1979 graduate of Hardin-Simmons University (B.S.in Fine Arts and a B.S. in Ed). Dave is also a Certified Oilfield Service Engineer by Dow Chemical Co. (1981). From 1989 to 1993 Dave earned an M.A.E.D. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with the majority emphasis in Counseling and the majority of electives in the area of Old Testament Theology and Biblical Ministry.
Dave’s wife is also an HS-U graduate and teaches/coaches in Willis ISD. They have two daughters. The eldest is married with two children. The other has recently finished her TUFTS Museum of Fine Arts and moved on. Rev. Dave is a voracious reader of non-fiction, prefers transportation via a sport touring motorcycle, lifts weights, dabbles in Gourmet Cooking and thrives upon building relationships that build up God’s Kingdom.
Case Manager and Volunteer Coordinator
Krystal joined the Good Shepherd Mission team in July 2017 as the Case Manager and Volunteer Coordinator. She is a double graduate of Baylor University, completing her BA in Religion from Baylor’s religion department in 2014 with a focus in Theology and Christian Ethics and her M.Div. in 2017 from Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary. Krystal was ordained to the gospel ministry in the fall of 2016 by Seventh and James Baptist Church in Waco, TX.
Food Manager and Day Cook
Merry came to the Mission on a journey to better her life. Merry has faced many struggles and learned to manage a large kitchen in a unique governmental institution. Merry has restored family relationships. She has served as a Mission Women’s Dorm Supervisor, Thrift Store Clerk and now has accepted the role of Food Manager and Day Cook. Cooking is what she loves to do and does so well. She loves to hum and sing gospel songs. It is all good for the soul, Merry.
Wilbert PIP Brown
Pick Up and Delivery Ambassador
Pip has been serving our community for over eight years as the Mission Truck Driver who goes out and picks up the donated items from local stores, organizations and individuals. Along with Nate, his helper many folks are given a great first impression of the Mission and the ministry that occurs in Walker County. Pip is famous for one turning a reputation of being infamous into truly being an ambassador for Christ. Pip is a great musician and works in land management for some prominent families. When you call the Mission to donate your household goods, then you can be assured you will be glad to see Pip and Nate at your door.