Debbie Smith

Delacroix Hope Baptist Mission, Louisiana

Evangelism Catalyst
St Bernard Louisiana
Delacroix Hope Baptist Mission
March 1

About My Family

Phil and I are graduates of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. We both hold master's degrees in Christian education with a childhood focus. Phil is from Cookeville, Tenn., and recently retired as a Louisiana Army National Guard Chaplain. I am from Mobile, Ala. Phil and I met in Montgomery, Ala., while he was serving in the Air Force (married in 1991).

We have two sons. Our oldest son, Michael Watkins, family includes his wife, Susan; sons, Brain and Aaron; daughter-in-law, Jessica; and grandsons, Maddi and Luke. They live in Pensacola, Fla.

Our youngest son, Ethan Smith, enjoys the RV life with his companion, Amanda, and their dog and cat. Home is somewhere out West.

About My Ministry

We both have 40 years of experience in children’s ministry. After graduating from seminary, God made it clear we were to stay and serve Him in New Orleans. We partner with local churches and Child Evangelism Fellowship, training leaders for children’s ministry and Good News Clubs, coordinating evangelistic outreaches and leading preschool and after-school Good News Clubs.

We base our ministry on Deuteronomy 6:4-7; Psalm 78:1-8; and Matthew 18:1-14. "… which He commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children; that the generation to come might know them, the children who would be born, that they may arise and declare them to their children … " (Psalm 78:5-6).

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Debbie Smith

Ministry Fund ID 009138-SmithDeborah
This contribution is made with the understanding that The North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, Inc. has complete control and administration over the use of the donated funds, and gifts received above the specific need will be used in similar areas where the need is greatest.


Pray we can serve Jesus in New Orleans and beyond. Pray we will impact this and future generations with the gospel of Christ. Pray churches and volunteers will assist with Good News Clubs. Pray Delacroix Hope Baptist will be a light for Jesus in St. Bernard Parish and beyond.


Come assist in our parade outreach. Create gospel shoe box floats. Prepare gospel packets to distribute in parades. Host a children's ministry seminar at your church or attend one in Greater New Orleans.
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Fund ID: 009138-SmithDeborah