Rev. Dr. Brent Smith of Alexandria, VA, started started serving as mission development counselor at Mission Central in Mapleton, Iowa in 2016. As mission development counselor, Smith works to inform LCMS congregations and their members of the Synod’s national and international mission work, while also connecting people with opportunities to support LCMS missionaries and projects with prayer, encouragement and voluntary giving. Smith is based in Omaha, Neb. — a location that will allow him both to welcome missionaries traveling to Mission Central and deploy nationally at the invitation of individuals and congregations.