I greatly appreciate you taking the time to visit my site. As you already know, my name is Brad Smalley. I am currently the Youth and Family pastor at a church located in Petersburg, Virginia called Monumental Baptist Church. I have been serving there since July, 2020. Yes, amidst the crazy time of the Covid pandemic. Getting settled into this position during an uncertain time as this has proven to be a challenge, but it is a challenge I know that God already prepared me for. For that reason I march forward, as should you.
Prior to the move out to Petersburg, I studied Theology and Apologetics at Liberty University for 5 years. I was also fortunate enough to have been able to compete for Liberty on their Division 1 Track and Field team. I have always held athletics close to my heart since I was very young. I feel very fortunate to have been part of a high level organization where I could serve and influence the lives around me while training diligently on and off the track. The experience and knowledge I gained through Track and Field has greatly impacted my walk with the Lord. It is for that reason that you will see a decent amount my writing reflecting upon my life as an athlete or simply using track and field analogies.
I am from a small town located in central New York called Morrisville. The journey up to this point has certainly not been what I or anyone else could have guessed. I grew up in a great family environment. My father is a pastor of a Baptist Church and my mother accompanies him in serving the church and community. I received Christ as my savior at a young age, but the fire did not hold its own until later in my teen years. It was the summer following my first year in college that God really shook me and called me to ministry. It was then that God guided me to work at a youth Bible camp, Camp Bayouca. With hesitation, I took the leap of faith and never looked back. God changed my heart and drove me to serve those around me. My passion for writing emerged from this awakening and I began to write simple devotionals for myself. But as time passed, God pressed on my heart to share with others what he continues to teach me everyday.
The fun part about this page is that it continues to grow as time goes by. My future aspirations are far from concrete. As God directs, I continue to walk.