Pastor Ron David was raised in St. Louis County, Missouri where his mother was faithful teaching the children in the local Bible Church and his father served as an elder. It was under this influence that he accepted Christ as his personal Savior through faith in August of 1969. He began serving in the pastorate in 1989 after leaving a career in electronic engineering. At that time he sold his family business and went to work for McDonnell Douglas/Boeing leading their Daily Operational Readiness team installing and maintaining the video systems used in the company’s military Flight Simulation Facility. This gave pastor Ron the opportunity to attend night and weekend classes for the next nine years and to serve bi-vocationally in the pastorate as he pursued his biblical education so he could share God’s Word—the desire of his heart. Pastor David is blessed to have a Masters Degree in Christian Studies from Calvary Theological Seminary in Kansas City, a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies & Human Resources Management from Calvary Bible College and an A. A. in Ministerial Studies from the Brookes Bible Institute/College in St. Louis, Missouri.
Pastor David and his wife Michelle were married in 1987 and have five children (Katelyn, Ryan, Emily, Madison and Riley) and two grand-children (Noah and Emma). In 1989 their first child, Katelyn, was born. Together the Davids chose for Michelle to leave her career in nursing to be a stay at home mom where she continues to raise and educate her children. The David family previously served in St. Louis County, Missouri and Salina Kansas where Pastor Ron served in the pastorate and as a Law Enforcement Chaplain for the Salina Police Department, Saline County Sheriff’s Department and on-call clergy for Salina Regional Health Center. Pastor Ron is thrilled to serve as our Senior Pastor and is looking forward to the continued spiritual growth of our church family as God works through all of us.
Associate Pastor of Children's Ministry:
Mr. Jody Marvin
Jody Marvin is the Associate Pastor of Children’s Ministries to our body here at Smyrna Bible Church. Jody grew up in Sand Lake, MI. He worked at Pine Ridge Bible Camp for 7 years were he met his wife Tina. He completed missionary candidate training school in 1992, attended Grand Rapids School of the Bible and Music for two semesters, and received a B.S. from Cornerstone University in Business Management. Jody has previously had the opportunity to serve as a Children’s Missionary with BCM International for thirteen years in Olcott, NY where he directed year-round camp and conference ministries, conducted released time classes, directed vacation bible schools, and provided children's programming for many churches and organizations. He had the good fortune of serving as the executive director at a Christian Camp in Cooperstown, North Dakota for two years. He has also had the privilege of running Children’s Ministries here in Belding prior to coming to Smyrna Bible Church. His main area of work here at the church is with young children (up through the sixth grade). However, this does not include the nursery. This is a part time ministry position. Our desire is to see this position eventually turn full time as the Lord provides.
Tina grew up in Blanchard, MI. She met Jody at Pine Ridge Bible Camp where she served as a counselor for 2 years. Jody's wife, Tina, Graduated from New Tribes Bible Institute in 1991. She now serves as a full-time mom and housekeeper. Jody and Tina Marvin were married in April 1992 and have seven children ranging from 20 years old to 3 years old: Caleb, Josiah, Rachel, Zachariah, Luke, Hannah and Elijah.