Billy Gene SmithElder, Church Plant Oversight
Billy Gene is married to Janie Lynn and they have two sons (Tim and Ty). Billy Gene earned his Graduate of Theology (ThG) from Tennessee Temple University.
Billy Gene was born in San Antonio. He attended Thomas Jefferson High School and San Antonio College. He joined the Marine Corps in January 1968 and was honorably discharged in December of 1970. After serving his country, he was hired as a dishwasher for a local restaurant and, over time, was eventually promoted to the store manager.
In the summer of 1973, two significant events happened: Billy Gene was called to full-time Christian work and he met his future wife, Janie. He and Janie were married in January of 1974 and the first three years of their married life were spent in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where Billy Gene attended Tennessee Temple University, earning a degree in theology. After graduation, they moved back to Waco, Texas and joined Parkview Baptist Church where he became the principal of their new Christian school, Parkview Christian Academy. For the next five years, he served in that capacity, but eventually went back in the restaurant business.
For the next fifteen years, Billy Gene managed restaurants for corporations, partnerships, and sole proprietors. In 1996, he set out on his own and opened Billy Gene’s Restaurant in Bandera, Texas. In 2005, he opened a second restaurant in Kerrville and, a year later, sold his original restaurant. For the past twenty-one years, he and Janie have owned and operated the very successful restaurant, Billy Gene’s, and in 2009, they opened a second restaurant, named Bella Vita, which serves Italian cuisine.
Billy Gene and Janie have been members of Kerrville Bible Church since May 2010. In August 2016, he was ordained as an elder and just a few months later, when the church’s Associate Pastor left to plant a church in New Braunfels, a door was opened for Billy Gene to step back into full-time Christian service. Billy Gene had a heart for the ministry and, after much prayer, retired from the restaurant business to devote his time to serving the wonderful folks of Kerrville Bible Church.