Molino Resident Drayton Smith Named Director Of Ministry Village At Olive

January 2, 2022

Molino resident Drayton Smith is the new executive director of the Ministry Village at Olive.

An Escambia County native, Smith grew up in Cantonment. He has served as an associate pastor and lead pastor, and most recently served as the director of major gifts at Waterfront Rescue Mission in Pensacola. Smith will oversee the five programs of Ministry Village at Olive – the Charis House, Tender Hearts Caring Hands, The Most Excellent Way, the Ministry Village Bargain Center, and the Ministry Village Early Learning Center.

Smith said is looking forward to building relationships and sharing the “what” and “why” of Ministry Village with the community.

“When Drayton met with the board, we could sense his passion for serving others and the community. I believe Drayton’s focus on building and cultivating relationships will resonate throughout Ministry Village and our community for years to come,” said Stephen Newsome, board chairman for the Ministry Village.

Drayton and his wife Milissa have five children, one grandson, and two daughters-in-law. They enjoy life on their small Molino farm with their cows, horses, chickens and dogs.

Ministry Village at Olive, Inc. was founded in Pensacola in 2008. The mission of Ministry Village at Olive is to put the words of Jesus into action throughout our community – “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40, NIV)

Pictured: Drayton Smith and his wife Milissa. Photo for, click to enlarge.


15 Responses to “Molino Resident Drayton Smith Named Director Of Ministry Village At Olive”

  1. Wendy Meredith on January 3rd, 2022 10:44 pm

    Congratulations!!! Wonderful ministry and mission. May God bless you and your family as you begin this new venture.

  2. Lonnie Wilson on January 3rd, 2022 8:21 am

    Congratulations Bro. Drayton. just don’t forget that there is no need for stump grinding any more. So proud of you my friend and brother.

  3. Catherine Vanderpol on January 3rd, 2022 8:04 am

    Congratulations to this wonderful deserving man and his family! A true leader, role model, and a man with a true heart for doing Gods work! Olive you have been blessed!!

  4. Charlie Snow on January 2nd, 2022 6:32 pm

    Drayton is a great leader and has been a kind,
    caring, compassionate person as long as I’ve known
    him, a long time! Ha!!!

  5. lawson a berry on January 2nd, 2022 5:56 pm

    Olive! you don’t know it yet, but you just hit a HOME RUN!!

  6. Angela Castleberry on January 2nd, 2022 4:41 pm

    Congratulations Drayton

  7. Gus Uebelsteadt on January 2nd, 2022 1:38 pm

    Congratulations Drayton my brother in Christ! God has plans for you and it’s demonstrated with this new ministry for you and your family!

  8. Allison Woodfin on January 2nd, 2022 11:55 am

    The sweetest family! Definitely a perfect choice!

  9. Leroy Findley on January 2nd, 2022 10:17 am

    Good choice!

  10. Jr on January 2nd, 2022 9:55 am

    Congratulations Drayton. I’ve known this man and his family all of his life and my own. This isn’t a surprise to me as he has a SERVANTS HEART…his great wife does as well. Olive Baptist has just gotten a great person in its fold. I know you will do a great job young man…proud of you.

  11. Jeff Howard on January 2nd, 2022 9:41 am

    Drayton is a solid leader and will do a great job for this ministry and the community it serves. Well done!

  12. Patsy on January 2nd, 2022 8:07 am

    Congratulations! Olive is getting a wonderful person for this ministry.

  13. Cheryl M on January 2nd, 2022 7:52 am

    Congratulations, Drayton! I know you and Milissa will serve your new ministry well.

  14. Whisperjet on January 2nd, 2022 6:57 am

    ..Congrats to you Drayton…I know you will do a great job…This is the kind of ministry I think you will really thrive in..Praying for you and family..

  15. RUDY BROWN on January 2nd, 2022 3:25 am

    Congratulations Drayton, you deserve it.

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