New pastor celebrates his role as shepherd


The Rev. Joe Smith pursued his undergraduate degree in public health and earth science at Indiana University and figured he%u2019d move on to a career in health care. But a suggestion from his home pastor to consider hospital chaplaincy began nudging him toward ministry. (Tom Russo / Daily Reporter)

FORTVILLE — Like many who ultimately hear the call, the Rev. Dr. Joe Smith grew up in the United Methodist Church but never considered he’d be on the other side of the pulpit.

“I didn’t think I’d be a pastor,” Smith said from his still-new office at Fortville United Methodist Church this week. “It was the farthest thing from my mind.”

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