Peck Lindsay pays tribute to Doyle Smith

(Editor’s note: Long-time KNCSB leader Doyle Smith died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Oct. 20. He had pastored First Southern Baptist Church, Great Bend, Kan., for 43½ years. These articles are reprinted from the church’s November 2015 newsletter.)

Words cannot describe the emptiness we feel at the loss of our beloved leader, friend and pastor, Dr. Doyle Smith, nor the gratitude we feel for his faithful service and leadership for so many years.

Doyle would always reference a Scripture for any circumstance. So a reference here is made to the final prayer of Moses in Deuteronomy 32:46-47 where he said, as Doyle would have said, “Take to heart all the words I have given you. Pass them on as a command to your children so they will obey every word of this law. These instructions are not mere words—they are your life!”

A tribute to Doyle Smith
By Peck Lindsay
Retired KNCSB Executive Director

For 42 years Doyle and I served together in this convention. I was the elected leader and Doyle was the influential leader. Like the E. F. Hutton commercials, when Doyle spoke people listened.
His insights into Scripture and his practical wisdom helped set the direction of our convention. Doyle served as president of our convention, as founder and chairman of the Webster Conference Center board and as president of the Kansas-Nebraska Southern Baptist Foundation. These positions gave him a voice and influence in all of our cooperative work.

As convention president, Doyle in 1980 challenged us to start 200 new churches by the year 2000. The convention voted to accept that challenge, and directors of missions, pastors and church leaders reported more than 200 Anglo and ethnic church starts by the end of the year 2000.

When O. K. and Ila Webster offered us land and some buildings for a future camp, Doyle saw the fulfillment of a dream and volunteered to help form a board to develop the facilities and serve as its chairman. Doyle served as chairman of the Webster Conference Center board for 10 years and helped raise over $750,000 to meet the capital needs for the first buildings.

Doyle had such practical financial wisdom that when I was looking for a leader for our Foundation, he was my first and only choice. It took him nearly a decade to pray about whether or not God wanted him to do this. When you as a church agreed for him to give a week a month to this role, he agreed to serve. He led our Foundation to grow to $6,000,000 and established funds to help start churches, equip church leaders and support WCC.

Many people have told me how Doyle helped them manage their money in ways that helped their businesses, their families and their churches. I have lost a brother, a comrade in arms, and a confidant in ministry. No one helped me personally or professionally more than Doyle.

Like you who knew him, I will miss him greatly and can only thank God for the years we had together and for the influence he had on me and on our work together as a convention of cooperating churches.