Meet Our Pastor

It is a great privilege to serve Jesus as “deputy shepherd” for his people at Walhalla Presbyterian Church and West Union Chapel.

 For many years my personal mission statement has been:

To ever better know, love, serve, and share the true, Triune God, and to help others do the same."

My long-time personal mission statement has now been incorporated into our congregation’s mission statement.  The key to fulfilling that mission is to make time—ideally a few minutes daily—to cultivate our personal connections to Jesus. Jesus says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can accomplish nothing” (Jn. 15.5, my translation).

Abiding in Jesus is one way we live into the Greatest Commandment, which is to love God with all that we are. As we abide in him, we are transformed increasingly into his likeness, and this transformation leads us to obey the Second Greatest Commandment, which is to love our neighbors as ourselves. Closeness to Jesus causes a contagious excitement and an ardent desire to help other people to know our beloved Lord and Savior; thus we joyfully and naturally participate in the Great Commission by sharing the love and truth of Jesus.

For the glory of God, for the good of the church, for the salvation of the un-reached, and for our own good, cultivating our connectedness to Jesus is the most important thing Christians can do. Cultivating our connectedness to Jesus really is the key to everything. He picks us up when we fall. He carries us when we need it. He invites and empowers us to participate with him in his ongoing ministry. He has promised to someday deliver us to the place he prepared for us in the Father’s house, and all along the way he holds us in his hand!

Thanks be to God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Vaughan Smith


The LORD bless you and keep you; 
The LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; 
The LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”  
(Num. 624-26, NIV)