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Rev. Patman Lester
 
Associate Pastor – Worship & Music
 
Rev. Patman Lester was born and raised around Gainesville, Georgia, just northeast of Atlanta, and was saved at the age of 7 during his church’s spring revival.  Pursuing a career in choral conducting, he earned degrees from Furman University and the Florida State University.  During his studies at FSU, God called him to part-time music ministry at a nearby church in 1993. It was there that he met his wife Susan and began to see that God’s plan for his life was different than the one he had been pursuing.  He has served churches in Florida and Georgia before coming to Smith Memorial in 2008. 
Patman believes that the biblical pattern of worship involves offering every moment of our lives to God (Romans 12:1), and that music is only one way among many that God has given us to glorify Him and to proclaim His truth. Colossians 3:16-17 guides his musical philosophy: “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”  Even though some people don’t agree with him, Patman believes that with a little work, everyone can sing.
Patman and Susan have a son, Nathanael, born in 2007.
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Beth Orne
 
Director of Children’s Ministry
 
Beth was born in Norfolk, Virginia, and grew up in Williamsburg. She was saved at a young age, and in 1998 became a member of Smith Memorial Baptist Church. Beth attended Christopher Newport University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and taught first grade in York County for thirteen years before being called to ministry as Director of Children’s Ministries. She has served in that position since . Beth and her husband, Brent, have been blessed with six children. She extends her love for God beyond her family with a passion for sharing the Good News of God’s Love with the children and families of our church and local community.
Beth’s favorite scripture verse is: “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13
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Linda Marquis
 
Administrative Assistant
 
Thanks in part to an Evangelism Explosion team visitation, Linda Marquis and her husband, Bob came to know Christ’s forgiveness and salvation as adults.  They were blessed to be able to home educate their three sons through high school and are now entering a different stage in their lives filled with new and exciting ministry opportunities.  Linda has been a member of Smith Memorial Baptist Church since 2003.  She was instrumental in launching the church library, and has been serving as SMBC’s Administrative Assistant since 2008.