Sean Smith | Education and Experience
The digital profile of Sean Smith. He is a Pastor in Arizona with more than 20 years of leadership experience and a passion for communicating the message of Christ. He and his family live in Avondale Arizona and are currently involved in ministry in the valley. He is a gifted teacher and an extremely creative thinker.
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Education and Experience


I am a strong believer in education.  I was the first in my family to graduate from college and the first to get an advanced degree.  I continue to pursue after knowledge and grow in my experiences.

High school

Moorpark High School

1987 – 1991


Bachelor of Arts

Pacific Christian College

1991 – 1995

Major in Church Growth

Emphasis in Preaching

Masters Degree

Masters of Arts In Theology

Fuller Theological Seminary

1999 – 2007

Major in Theology

Biblical Studies Emphasis


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Work Experience

The Refinery Christian Church

Executive Pastor Of Programming and Communications
2016 – 2018

At The Refinery Christian Church I served as a member of the executive team, working alongside the leadership to further the vision of the church. I oversaw all of the weekend programming along with the communications. As a member of the teaching team I delivered the weekend message on a regular basis.

Palm Valley Church

Creative Arts Pastor
2008 – 2016

As a member of the Lead Team at Palm Valley, I oversee the Creative Arts Team which is responsible for all of the creative elements of the four weekend services, including music, audio, video, lighting and overall service production.  In this role I oversee 4 full time and 6 part time employees along with multiple interns and volunteers.  I also serve as part of the teaching team at Palm Valley Church.  Since 2008 we have seen the church grow from 1,500 in attendance to nearly 5,000 in attendance.

Arizona Christian University

I served as an adjunct professor in the Church Ministry department. I have developed and taught the curriculum for the Technology in Ministry class that is required for all Church Ministry majors.

Adjunct Professor
2012 – 2015

Encounter Church

Associate Pastor
2005 – 2006

At Encounter Church I assisted in planning for and implementing a new church plant. I served as an associate pastor overseeing the student ministries and worship ministries and shared the teaching responsibilities.

Lincoln Heights Christian Church

Associate Pastor
1996 – 2004

As the Associate Pastor I was responsible for Jr. High and Sr. High Ministries, along with worship services and many other ministries within the church.  I also shared in the teaching.

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