Steve Smith

God called me to a life of prayer quite early. But I didn’t grab hold of it until I was a student at BIOLA University in California. I had led quite a rebellious and turbulent life in my teen years before I surrendered to Christ. My mom literally prayed me into the kingdom! Soon after Christ’s graciously drawing me to Him, He called me to serve Him with all that I am. I first served as a volunteer then as an intern at the Baptist Church where He had revealed Himself to me. After I graduated from university I was a youth pastor for nearly five years at a church in Seal Beach before God called my wife & I to Australia as missionaries. All the while God was taking me deeper in my personal and private prayer life. It was in Australia that God called me to take my personal prayer journey to a public arena. Throughout all our years down under we gathered, trained and mobilized praying people. We were in Australia for almost 19 years before returning to California to begin caring for my mother who was showing early signs of Alzheimer’s. When our extended family moved to Georgia we followed along, with my mom. As we prayerfully considered where God would have us land, He clearly led us to Athens to do what He has prepared us for. God has brought us here, right now, for such a reason, mission as this!

It is my privilege to lead and facilitate the Athens Prayer Network. My personal calling in life is to be a wholehearted, risk-taking, lover of God and help others be the same! I see APN is doing exactly that!

Shellie & I live near the University of Georgia with one of our three boys, our dog (Jade) and our cat (Onyx)!

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