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by Al Quartemont

Dr. Argile Smith brings years of pastoral ministry

It is a major hire for Louisiana College.

Dr. Argile Smith, most recently pastor of First Baptist Church of Biloxi, MS., has been named the new Dean of Chapel and Associate Dean of Pastoral Ministry for the Caskey School of Divinity.

Dr. Smith's hiring was formally announced Thursday just before LC's weekly chapel service by Dr. Chuck Quarles, Vice President for the Integration of Faith and Learning and Founding Dean of the Caskey School.

Quarles spoke of his personal experience with Dr. Smith as the two had worked together previously at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Smith spent 13 years as the J.D. Gray Professor of Preaching at NOBTS, and he and Dr. Quarles even co-taught courses on preaching.

"I was amazed by this man not only as I heard him teach, but also at his preaching," Dr. Quarles said. "I cannot think of anyone who is better suited to lead the chapel ministry at LC than Dr. Smith."

LC has been without an official Dean of Chapel since Dr. Jason Meyer left following the Fall Semester of 2009. Since then, Dr. Quarles has employed a rotation of speakers from around the area, the state and even the country.

Dr. Smith, 55, was born in Poplarville, MS. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from William Carey College in 1977, earned a Master of Divinity and then Doctor of Philosophy at NOBTS. In addition to his ministry work, Dr. Smith has been serving as the Executive Director of The Center for Encouraging Pastors.

You can see Dr. Smith's introduction at the start of this week's chapel service video:

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