June 3, 2003
ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Two missionary couples with ties to Missouri have been appointed by the North American Mission Board.
Timothy M. and Theresa M. Plaster serve in Oak Grove, where Tim Plaster is a church planter intern and pastor.
Plaster, who considers Springfield his hometown, is a graduate of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a diploma in church planting. He previously has been youth director for First Baptist Church of Grain Valley, and has earlier experience as a cable television technician and courier.
Theresa Plaster, also a Missouri native, is a graduate of Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield. She has worked since 2000 as a pharmacy technician, and has previous experience in banking, child care and retail sales.
The Plasters have two children: Whitney, 13, and John, 8.
Richard L. “Dick” and Brenda J. “Jeanette” Smith serve in Lee’s Summit, where Dick Smith is a church planter intern and pastor.
Smith, a Missouri native, is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Rolla, where he received both bachelors and masters degrees; Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received the master of divinity degree; and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received the doctor of ministry degree in 2001. Smith has been interim associate pastor for First Baptist Church, Greenwood since 1998, and earlier served 13 years with the International Mission Board (IMB) as an evangelist/church planter. He also has worked as an environmental engineer and journeyman missionary with IMB.
Jeannette Smith, also a Missouri native, is a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville. She has worked since 1998 as school age care site coordinator for public schools, and has earlier experience as a youth minister and schoolteacher. She also served as an IMB career missionary and in the journeyman program.