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Purpose Statement

Bailey Smith Ministries is an evangelistic organization committed to the uncompromising proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is done through area wide crusades, church revivals, Bible conferences, ladies retreats, and overseas ministries.

Doctrinal Statement

We believe the Bible to be the infallible, inerrant Word of God. It is God's only written word and is adequate for faith and life.

We believe and preach that Christ is the only begotten Son of God, born of a virgin, lived a perfect life, died an atoning death, rose bodily from the grave, and will one day return for His church. He, Jesus, is the only way by which anyone can go to Heaven. Without Him there is only eternal Hell.

Biography of Bailey Smith

January 30, 1939, BAILEY EUGENE SMITH was born the first son of Frances and Ezell Smith. Bailey grew up in Dallas where his father was a Baptist pastor. Bailey graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas and Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

The National media has described Bailey Smith as:

  • a formidable figure, a fiery, red-haired, old style prairie stemwinder. . . -TIME
  • a capable and growing leader. . . -NEWSWEEK
  • a leader. . . -U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT
  • inerrancy superstar. . . -CHRISTIANITY TODAY
  • His oratorical skills have proven him to be one of the Baptist' more popular preachers. . . -LOS ANGELES HERALD

As a pastor. he has led more people to Christ than any other Southern Baptist pastor in an equal period of time in the history of the Southern Baptist Convention.

As age 34, he became pastor of the second largest church in the denomination.

He became the youngest man ever to serve as president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

He served as president of the Southern Baptist Convention and of the Oklahoma Baptist Convention simultaneously.

When he was president of the Pastor's Conference of the Southern Baptist Convention, he had the largest attendance in history at that point in time.

Bailey Smith is the only man in Convention history to baptize 2,000 people in a local church in one year.

He is the only former president of the Convention to enter Crusade Evangelism.

He is the only man of any denomination to leave a 20,000 member church to enter evangelism.

He is the representative for the Southern Baptist Convention to the Baptist World Alliance.

He is the author of the best seller Real Evangelism and has several books to his credit such as Taking Back the Gospel, Real Christianity, Real Christian Excellence, and The Grace Escape.



"Bailey Smith is one of the all-time great evangelists. He preaches an authentic gospel with power and passion and the harvest God reaps through him proves it. He is one of the best communicators I have ever known. Turn him loose and God will do the rest!"

Dr. Jerry Falwell
Founder and Chancellor
Liberty University