CHARLESTON, S.C.,(Jan. 16)--Ken H. Smith Jr., a well-known motivational speaker with a spiritual message, will give the sermon at The Citadel's Protestant Worship Service at 9 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, at Summerall Chapel. Smith is president of Ken Smith Ministries Inc. of Gainesville, Fla., a non-profit organization that "attempts to put the gospel in a format that reaches those outside the body of Christ."
The ministry coordinates marriage renewal retreats, motivational seminars, coaches' clinics, athletic seminars, youth camps and revivals for churches and ministries. Smith has been a guest speaker for numerous organizations and special events, including the Chicago Bears, Billy Graham's crusades at youth rallies, University of South Carolina's football team and Florida State University's football team, where he served as chaplain for eight years.
Smith's background as a coach, teacher and pastor has enabled him to give motivational seminars and speeches to more than a hundred high school football teams and several sports teams at the collegiate and professional level. He has preached in every size church, from the dynamic Saddleback Church in California to a small church in the Florida Panhandle which had an average of 14 students in Sunday school.
A native of Starkville, Miss., Smith earned a bachelor of arts degree in religion from Baylor University, a master of arts degree in Christian education from Southern Seminary and a graduate specialist degree in counseling from Mississippi State University.
Smith has served as president of the state board of the Florida Baptist
Convention, vice president of the Florida Baptist Convention and 1994 president
of the Georgia Baptist Evangelism Conference