CADIZ – Another instance of divine intervention has brought a Cadiz man back to his spiritual roots.

Mark Smith once protected U.S. Presidents and our country while serving in the Army, then served the community as a Harrison County Sheriff’s deputy and Cadiz Police officer. He was a major in the police department but left the force around 2010 to become a youth pastor at Harbor of Hope Assembly of God Church in St. Clairsville. Now he is returning to the area to serve as associate pastor and youth director at Scott Memorial United Methodist Church.

Smith was officially approved by the church board this past week and began Sept. 12 but Pastor Richard Hasley planned to introduce him during this Sunday’s sermon—which incidentally is also Smith’s birthday.

You’ll find more information about Mark Smith’s homecoming and other church events on the Church Pages in this weeks print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.