Leader Q&A: Casey Smith


Casey Smith is worship pastor of Trinity Community Church. He is a native Midwesterner and holds an MDiv from Southern Seminary. He also works as the director of communication for Sojourn Network. Prior to joining Trinity, he worked with the Acts 29 Network in the US and England. He and his wife, Jess, have four kids.

What is your role at Trinity? 

I serve as the Worship Pastor, and my wife (Jess) and I also help lead a Community Group here at Trinity.

Tell us about your family! 

It always blows my mind to say this, but I have had the incredible privilege of being the husband to Jess for 10 years now, and we have four children: Soren, Solomon, Scarlett, and Simone. We’ve lived as a family in Kentucky, England, Texas, Kansas, and Missouri. Fun Smith Family Fact: each member of our family was born in a different state (or country)! Also, we have a Goldendoodle and her name is Sunny.

What's your favorite thing about Columbia? 

Columbia is a great place to be outdoors! We love exploring the many parks and trails and being out in our neighborhood (Bellwood). Sipping coffee on a Saturday morning in the cool morning air at Meriwether Cafe is hard to beat!

What are your favorite books, movies, or TV shows? 

Oh geesh. I could (and would love to) spend hours in conversation with anyone around any of the following…

Books: Anything related to the history of WWII fascinates me, so do biographies from that era. There’s just something about that period in time that captures my imagination. It probably has to do with my love for my grandparents, all of whom were great storytellers. I also enjoy reading C.S. Lewis, sports journalism, Wendell Berry, comic books, and theology.

TV shows: I’ve recently introduced my kids to Family Matters and they love it, so that’s been fun. We also enjoy shows like The Office, 24, Breaking Bad, Twin Peaks, Parks and Rec, Friday Night Lights, The Newsroom, and a handful of British shows.

What's one crazy thing you have to do before you die? 

I’d love to be able to take my family on some wild, expansive, adventurous vacation. All of us together, probably in a station wagon or caravan of sorts, having a good time and involved in a fair bit of mischief, not too dissimilar to a National Lampoon’s movie. Then sometime after this vacation, like 30 years later, I want all my family gathered in my house, wife by my side, and the two of us just sit back and enjoy all the Lord has blessed us with: kids, grandkids, stories, loads of beautiful memories and hope for the future.