Mike Smith

Director of Familes and Programs

Mike Smith has been on staff with Highland Park UMC since March 2nd of 2021. Mike came to us initially as our Director of Student Ministry but has been moved into the role of Director of Families and Programs. Prior to serving HPUMC he was the Associate Director of Youth at Marietta FUMC in Marietta, GA and served various college ministries and non-denominational churches in the early years. Mike spent most of his life living in North Carolina. Born in the Charlotte area and raised in Wilmington, NC with his family, who is still in that area. He received his BA in Philosophy and Religion with an academic focus in Middle Eastern Religion from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in Pembroke, NC, where he also met his wife (Chrissy) and began serving his first churches/ministries.


Mike and Chrissy have 2 girls (Adalyn “Addie” - 7yr and Riley - 3yr).  Chrissy is a 2nd grade teacher at Lester Elementary School and has 9+ years teaching in school systems (NC, GA, and now SC).  As a family, they spend the majority of their time traveling, visiting friends and family, spending lots of time by the water (Lake or Beach). Some of our local favorite spots would be the City Center Farmers’ Market, King Jefe, The Drive-In, and Tim Rod Park! Mike and Chrissy are continuing to make connections and friendships here in Florence and are excited to be a part of a growing community and church as we all strive to make disciples for the transformation of the world! 


“O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him. “ 

- Psalms 34:8