Tom Smith


Tom Smith


Tom Smith was raised in New Jersey and came to Christ as a teenager through the youth ministry at the Presbyterian Church his family attended in 1972. As he studied God’s Word and was taught through the messages of Pastor Al Martin from Trinity Baptist Church, God opened his eyes to understand the Doctrines of Grace and the sovereignty of God in all things. He also was convicted of Baptist principals, and was “rebaptized” and became a member of Trinity Baptist Church in 1975. He then moved to Virginia in 1977 and became a member of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Dale City, Virginia. He continued to learn and grow through the ministry of the church and its pastor, Robert Gifford. Over the past 40 years as an active member of the church, Tom has been involved in organizing and teaching Sunday school for children and adults, organizing Vacation Bible School, and as a song leader and choir director. He was recently ordained as an elder of the church in March 2018. He and his wife Margaret have four children and six grandchildren.

Mission Trips

2023 November Mission & Conference Report

God has been gracious to us as we traveled and ministered alongside the leadership and members of Sovereign Grace Bible Church (SGBC) in Lagos, Nigeria this past week.  The FirstLove team Joe Jacowitz, Austin Huggins, and Tom Smith arrived safely in Lagos on Tuesday morning, Oct 31.  We were picked up by the brothers of the church and …

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Examining the New Birth – 2023 Conference Report

This year’s conference addressed the doctrine of regeneration, commonly referred to as "The New Birth.” Biblical Christians for millennia have asked of their families, friends, neighbors, and perfect strangers the all searching question, “are you Born Again?” In our day, though the phrase, “born again Christian” has become common place, and not given a second thought. We fear that this phraseology, or the doctrine of regeneration, has been absentmindedly set aside so that it doesn’t have the weight and meaning it once did....
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2022 Nigeria Mission Report

Austin Huggins and Tom Smith had the privilege of ministering at Sovereign Grace Bible Church in Lagos, Nigeria November 3-7, 2022.  The focus of the ministry was the 2022 Lagos Bible Conference, Radio Outreach, and the 20th Anniversary Celebration of Sovereign Grace Bible Church.  On October 27, 2022, the U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria issued …

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Nigeria Mission Report 2019

Before leaving the Washington, DC area for Nigeria, Pastor Tom and Pastor Austin were already celebrating several evident victories that The Lord had secured for the upcoming mission. As many of our readers know, Pastor Joe Jacowitz had just recently entered remission from AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia), and was beginning a hopeful road to recovery, …

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2018 April Missions Report

Arduous, physically depleting, and time intensive most accurate describe this latest particular mission trip to the Philippines – at least from a physical lens. From a spiritual lens, however, we would have to say that it was also one of the most rewarding, most spiritually edifying, and most encouraging mission trips to date. The opportunities …

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2017 Nepal Mission Report

Mission Duration:​ November 26th  – December 4th 2017 “…Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine”. 2Tim 4:2 “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” …

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