BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF ROYCE SMITH
Born in Chickasha, OK, I was born again in 1956. I was baptized by Victory Missionary Baptist Church in Norman, OK in early 1959. On July 21, 1959 I was called to the preach God’s Word. To prepare myself to fulfill that calling, I enrolled in the Oklahoma Missionary Baptist Institute and Seminary in Marlow, OK where I spent 6 years in study, earning my Bachelor, Master, and Doctor’s Degrees in Theology. I also served as a student teacher for 3 years before becoming a full-time faculty member for one year. While attending seminary, I pastored churches in Reed, Ringling, and Dryden, OK. In 1966 I moved to California where I pastored in Concord, CA for 2 and ½ years and in San Jose for 15 and ½ years. I also served on the Faculty of Landmark Baptist College in Sacramento, CA, California Missionary Baptist Institute and Seminary, Bellflower, CA, and Landmark Baptist College, Hayward, CA. I returned to Oklahoma in 1984 and served as Associate Pastor at Eastern Ave. Baptist Church in Moore, OK for 5 years and Headmaster of Eastern Ave. Christian Academy for another 4 years. In November 1989 I came to Bethel Baptist Church in Choctaw, OK where I have been pastor for more than 25 years. While in seminary I met my wife to be, Patricia Gregston, to whom I have been married for 55 years.