Kentwood Staff

  • Dave Smith

    Senior Pastor

    Dave and Para Smith came to Kentwood in 2002 along with their three boys: Deylan, Austin and Tanner. Dave, a native Richmonder,  earned his Bachelor's degree from Radford University and his Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Para earned a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Social Work from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. 

  • Nick Eason

    Associate Pastor

    Nick and Leanne Eason came to Kentwood in 2022. They currently have one daughter, Talitha, with another child due in early 2023. Nick is originally from North Carolina and earned his Bachelor's Degree from Clemson University in Computer Science with a minor in Creative Writing. He later earned his Master of Divinity in Student Ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Leanne has a Bachelor's from Pennsylvania State University and a Master's in Math Education from Radford University.

  • Kendall Ezzell

    Worship Leader 

    I started singing in a church choir when I was around ten years old, and since then, music has been a huge part of my life and faith. I believe that God can use music as a powerful and unexpected way to speak to our faith and draw us closer to Him. I consider it a true privilege to be a part of creating a worshipful experience for others and sharing Jesus through song.

  • Jenne Bickett

    W.E.E. Care Preschool Director

    Jenne is excited to be a part of the legacy this ministry offers to the community. She believes children are one of God's greatest gifts and that each one is uniquely crafted by our Creator. Her passion is to instill a love for Jesus and a love for learning at a young age to each of the children the Lord brings to become a part of the WEE Care family.  Jenne is married to Tony, they have two children of their own and live in the New Kent area.  You can contact Jenne at 806-787-2651.

  • Jennifer EZZELL

    Church Secretary

    Jennifer, her husband Nathan, and their two daughters have lived in New Kent County for 20 years. Her family came to Kentwood Heights in 2014. She began her position as church secretary in May of 2022 and continues to serve the church family that she has grown to know and love. She has a passion for connecting with people and helping others with whatever they may need.