Smith Lilley Jr. is junior pastor at First United Methodist Church in Tupelo.
As an elder in the United Methodist Church, he is responsible for “word, order, sacrament and service” at FUMC Tupelo. Lilley, along with a senior pastor and another associate, regularly preach and lead worship at the church’s traditional and contemporary services. He also helps lead FUMC’s discipleship, hospitality, missions and young adult ministries.
Quotable: “One of the things I love best about Tupelo is its commitment to being a forward-thinking city for all its citizens. My hope is that it will never rest on its past accomplishments but constantly look to critique itself. We’ve come a long way, but we can do better, especially when it comes to racial and economic justice.”