The deacons of Skycrest Baptist Church have selected Elton Smith and the Rev. Allan Simpson to lead the congregation while the pastor search committee looks for a permanent minister. Smith will preach at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. each Sunday. He is professor of English literature and Bible at the University of South Florida, and is an ordained minister, having served 16 years as a pastor before beginning his teaching career.
Simpson served as a minister for 20 years, as a field representative for Moody Bible Institute and as chaplain at St. Mark's Village in Palm Harbor. He will be responsible for weekday pastoral ministries, including counseling and visitation, at Skycrest, 125 Belcher Road N.