700 Balearic Road, Hot Springs Village, AR 71909   |   501-922-4503


Dr. Walter "Bubba" Smith

Senior Pastor

Senior Pastor, Dr. Walter "Bubba" Smith, a native of Nashville, Arkansas, received his License to Preach in 1972 while a student at Hendrix College. Dr. Smith is a retired Chaplain, Col., United States Air Force Reserves and received his Masters of Divinity from St. Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, Missouri; his Doctorate of Ministry from Drew University, Madison, New Jersey; and graduated from the Air War College. He has served for 18 years as a volunteer chaplain for the Arkansas State Police.
A life long Methodist, Dr. Smith is married to the former Diane Allen of Bismarck, Arkansas. They have two children, daughter Meredith Caver, and son Will, a recent graduate of the University of Arkansas, and two grandchildren. He is a Master Grill/BBQ chef and BBQ Grill Skills Instructor and is a proud graduate of Lotta Bull U and The BBQ Institute.
Dr. Smith has led 19 mission trips to Haiti and he serves on the Pignon, Haiti Hospital Board of Directors.