Joseph Smith currently serves as the Lead Pastor at Switzerland Community Church. Born and raised in this community, Pastor Joseph has a burden to see Christ Glorified in his hometown of St. Johns, FL. His passion is for the Church and the spread of the Gospel. He pursues this passion through his strong conviction to teach the whole counsel of God (The Bible) and to equip/disciple every believer to do the powerful work of the Gospel in the community.
As a native to St. Johns county, Pastor Joseph graduated from Allen D. Nease high school in 1998. He then followed his call to ministry by completing a BA in Biblical Studies with a minor in Communications from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2003. That same year, he took his first full time job in Youth Ministry here at Switzerland Community Church. After ten years as a Youth Pastor, he went back to school and earned a Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary graduating in 2017. At the end of his seminary education he accepted the Lead Pastor position at SCC (2016).
When he is not preaching, teaching, and leading SCC, Pastor Joseph enjoys his primary responsibility of being a husband and a father. He married his beautiful wife (Kara Smith) in June of 2003. Over the years God has blessed him with four beautiful and crazy children (2 boys and 2 girls). He enjoys doing anything and everything his family is involved in. In his recreational time, he loves to scuba dive and fish.