Casey serves as the network’s Communications Director. He is a native Midwesterner and holds an MDiv from Southern Seminary. He also works as the worship pastor of Trinity Community Church, a Sojourn Network church in Columbia, Missouri. Prior to joining Sojourn Network, he managed banking centers for Bank of America and worked with the Acts 29 Network in the US and England. He has been married to Jess since 2007, and has four kids (Soren, Solomon, Scarlett, and Simone).
Tell us about your role at Sojourn Network.
As Communications Director, my role is to understand the "big picture" of network communication and chart a course for marketing strategies, public relations, and how we share our content and information with various audiences. When I describe my job to my kids I usually say something like, “Dad gets the information from the principal’s office out into hallways and onto the streets so folks can know what’s going on.” That seems to make sense to them!
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 since we graduated college in 2007, 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 where you live?
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, Brooklyn 99, 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.