Pastor Bryan & Mary Smith

Dr. Bryan Smith accepted the call to serve as the First Roanoke’s Pastor in August of 2006. He and his wife, Mary, have served the Lord together in ministry for more than 35 years and have been blessed with two children, Katie and Parker. In addition to his role as a pastor, Dr. Smith has served in positions of responsibility at both the state and national levels including as a Trustee for LifeWay Christian Resources, President of the Pastor’s Conference for the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, 1st Vice President of the Pastor’s Conference for the 2004 SBC, organized and led in amending the constitution of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention to adopt the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message as the convention’s official doctrinal guideline. He has served as both a member and as chairman of the Executive Board of the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia and was elected as President of the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia in 2015.

“Since following God’s Call to serve as the Pastor of First Baptist Church of Roanoke, Virginia, Dr. Smith has led First Baptist in the launch of Bedrock Baptist Church, Bedford, Virginia and a regional television ministry called “Experience First.” Dr. Smith’s life verse is “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” Galatians 2:20