Roland Smith began serving as Central's pastor on Easter Sunday, 1985 after having served two churches in Mississippi. He and his wife, Phyllis met while they were both students at the University of Arkansas.
They married in 1972 and the Lord blessed them with three children. Mollie
, born in 1977 who is married to Jeremy Busler and they live in Nashville, Tennessee, where Jeremy serves as the associate Minister of Music at Brentwood Baptist Church
. Mollie and Jeremy are also the proud parents of Hannah, who was born in 2005 and Nathan, born in 2007. Will
, was born in 1978 and married his wife, Julia in 2001. Will is currently completing his residency as an ob/gyn in Memphis. Callie
is the youngest and is married to Eric Shaver, an officer in the Air Force. They currently reside in Colorado. Roland believes the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, infallible Word of God and preaches it as such. He has often said that one of the real privileges of his life has been to serve as pastor at Central Baptist Church.