Internationals Ministry Staff
Grady D. Smith
Minister for Internationals and
Associate Pastor of Lakeview Church
Grady has been on the staff of Lakeview Church since 2002 and has been serving in the Internationals Ministry since 2005. Today he serves as an Associate Pastor of the church and is responsible for the various programs and activities that are part of the Internationals Ministry of Lakeview. He graduated from Auburn University in 1999 with a bachelors degree in agriculture and business, and from Southern Seminary in 2005 with a masters degree degree in church growth. Currently he is working on a Ph.D. in the field of church growth. In addition to enjoying interacting with students and workers from other countries in the Auburn area, Grady enjoys international travel. He has visited Cambodia, China, France, Kenya, Russia, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam.
He and his wife, Julia, were married in the summer of 2009. Julia graduated from Auburn in nursing and is a registered nurse. She is active in the community and at Lakeview in a number of ways. They have two young children, Grady Jeremiah, born in 2010, and Richard Josiah, born in 2012. Grady and his family love living in Auburn and are grateful for the opportunity to get to know friends from all around the world.
Adviser / Director Emeritus
Dr. Rob Martin is both a graduate of Auburn University and a retired professor from Auburn University. He received his bachelors and masters degrees from Auburn and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. After serving with the United States Department of Agriculture for twelve years, he returned to Auburn where he taught agricultural economics for 25 years. He and his wife Betty have traveled extensively around the world and have even lived in the Andes Mountains in Venezuela for several months.
In 2003, after retiring from Auburn, Rob became the first "Director of Internationals Ministries" at Lakeview Church and served in that role until 2007. Many of the opportunities available today were developed and expanded under his leadership. Today, Rob continues to serve a vital role in the Internationals Ministry and in Lakeview Church. He is a "deacon" (one of twelve men who provide oversight and leadership for the entire church) at Lakeview. In addition, he and his wife Betty lead Lakeview's Korean Sunday Bible Study class and regularly host Korean fellowships in their home. Rob also serves in and advisory role to the current ministry director. His wife, Betty, helps oversee the Conversational English (ESL) program.
Administrative Assistant for Internationals Ministry
Pat has been on staff at Lakeview Church since 1997 where she has primarily served as the membership secretary. She works closely with the rest of the staff to provide communications and to serve the members of the church. In addition to those responsibilities, she now provides administrative support for the Internationals office and the programs for Internationals at the church.
Originally from Eufaula, Alabama, Pat has lived in Auburn since 1976. During her years in Auburn prior to working at Lakeview, she worked in a variety of administrative roles for companies in the Auburn and Opelika area. She was married to her husband, Flem, for 43 years before he passed away in 2005. Today she lives near her three children and enjoys spending time with them and her five grandchildren.
- WILL ABERCROMBIE
- BO SMITH