Dr. John Jicka
 
Senior Pastor
 
Pastor John prayed his prayer of surrender to the Lord Jesus on a church playground with his dad when he was seven. God gave him a burden for the lonely, hopeless, and hurting at that time. As a young adult, God called him to shepherd His sheep and to seek the lost.
He is from Alabama and has pastored churches in West Virginia and Tennessee. He has also lived abroad and served the Lord in both Great Britain and Indonesia. If you ask him about his spiritual journey, he will joyfully tell you that he has been extravagantly blessed. Next to his relationship with Jesus, his greatest blessings are Sherry, his wife, and Mili, his daughter.
“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy” 1 Peter 1:8.

D. Greg Dowell, Jr. 
 
Executive Administrator
 
After a handful of visits in early 2016, Greg and his wife, Sara, made the decision to participate in the Lord’s ministry at SMBC. Greg has served our children in the AWANA program, and has been an audio/visual team member. Both he and Sara have taught a Sunday School youth class, as well as providing monthly bible and worship services at the Consulate of Williamsburg.
Greg previously served in the Air Force, then as a Police Officer in the state of Idaho. He and Sara met at Liberty University, and have been married since 2002. They have three children – a daughter and two sons. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy: Public Administration. Over many years and trials he has come to crave a deeper relationship with Christ, and an appreciation of His love. His hope is to be profitable to the Lord in any circumstance. 
“He is jealous for every part of us!” James 4:5

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 2005. 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

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.

Sandra Johnson
 
Receptionist
 
Sandra Johnson is a Newport News, Virginia, native and has lived in Williamsburg for 16 years. She was saved at an early age and joined Smith Memorial Baptist Church in 1996. Sandra is an eleven-year cancer survivor and gives honor and praise to God for using her to begin several women’s cancer support ministries. Sandra and her husband, Bill, have one daughter and a grandson who live in Florence, South Carolina.
Her favorite scripture is “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Melanie Courtney
 
Receptionist