The Randy Smith Bible Class was formed in 1972 by Wm. Randolph Smith, his wife, Ann Pickett Smith, Clyde and Jody Jackson, Faerie Marston and Miriam S. Slemmons after they had attended a retreat at Laity Lodge, established by the Howard E. Butt Foundation on the Frio River north of Leakey, Texas.
Dr. J. Kenneth Shamblin, St. Luke’s Senior Pastor at the time, was concerned about a layperson teaching the Bible, but graciously consented to the class’ founding and Randy as its first teacher. Randy’s father was Bishop A. Frank Smith, but Randy had chosen to become an attorney and was a Sr. Partner at Vinson and Elkins.
The class is still active with Jim Henderson and Hank Coleman as teachers.