Warren and Melissa Smith have been married since 1991 and have two children: Tanner and Rachel. Melissa is a Veterinarian in Bloomington and Tanner and Rachel both attend Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA majoring in Aeronautics.
Warren was born and raised right here in Atlanta, IL and graduated from Olympia in 1983. After High School, Warren pursued a career in aviation while also attending the University of Illinois in Springfield earning a Business Degree. Warren has flown professionally for over thirty years accumulating over 11,000 hours in air. He enjoys motorcycles, boating, woodworking, and spending time with family.
Warren grew up in church and has always felt the presence of God in his life. Sprinkled as an infant, Warren chose to be baptized through immersion in 2005. He was unable to serve in the local church for many years due to irregular airline and corporate flying schedules, however, that all changed when he accepted a job with the Federal Aviation Administration in 2008. Since that time, Warren has enjoyed volunteering at all levels of church service and leadership including deacon and elder. From 2014 to 2019, Warren served as the Volunteer Director of Youth and Family Ministries.
ACC leadership is pleased to announce that Warren Smith will be joining our staff part-time as "Pastor of Outreach and Involvement." After completing his year-long residency at Eastview Christian Church in Normal, Warren is excited about joining the pastoral team here at ACC to meet what the leadership feels is a very felt need. Warren will continue his full time position at the Federal Aviation Administration and his graduate level studies at Moody Bible Institute while serving part time at ACC. Warren will also continue his role as elder at ACC. A complete job description of Warren's new role is below...
Part-Time Pastor of Outreach and Involvement
1. Leadership Team / Eldership Responsibilities:
a. Prepare agenda and facilitate elder meetings with the goal of shared leadership and unity b. Champion and cast vision for ACC in cooperation with the Leadership Team, with the goal of aligning ACC ministries around shared vision c. Engage Leadership Team in ongoing training, development, and accountability d. Develop and implement an eldership pipeline process
2. Specific Ministry Objectives (Outreach and Involvement):
a. Create and implement a connections ministry, assimilation process, and a clear discipleship pathway to mature and equip the saints in the likeness of Christ for His service. b. Form a neighboring culture of evangelism at ACC that invites adults, teens, and children into a loving community c. Plan, coordinate, and launch effective evangelism outreach into our community d. Develop, implement, and oversee ACC’s discipleship pathway (“next steps”)
3. General Ministry Objectives:
a. Collaborate with the Leadership Team and Ministry Team Leaders with the goal of recruiting and equipping servants to faithfully fulfill our God- given commission here at ACC, with utmost character. b. Collaborate regularly the Leadership Team and Ministry Team Leaders to develop unified ministry goals which align with the overall vision of ACC. c. Collaborate with the Pastoral Team regarding ministry administration and implementation of the mission and vision of ACC. d. Collaborate with the Leadership Team to formalize role expectations and code of conduct for:
i. Leadership Team (elders and pastoral team) ii. Ministry Team Leaders (including small group and Sunday School leaders) iii. Volunteers
4. Other Duties:
a. Occasional fill-in preaching and teaching b. Perform weddings, funerals, and baptisms as needed c. Assist with pastoral care and visitation as needed d. Assist with small group involvement and multiplication e. Prepare agenda and facilitate Pastoral Team meetings as needed f. Occasional mentoring and guidance to part-time Children/Youth Minister