HTM was founded in 1995 by Pastor Wayne Smith out of Blessed Hope Baptist Church in York, SC. Beginning in a utility shed, they eventually constructed a building to operate the ministry out of. In 2008, Pastor Smith started Bethel Baptist Church where the tract ministry moved to in 2016. Wayne Smith went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 22, 2015.
Our pastor has a love for people and loves to preach the Gospel. He was saved when he was 9 years old. In 2009 he surrendered to the call to preach the glorious gospel of our Lord and Savior. He was licensed to preach in 2011 and ordained in 2014. He and his wife Rhonda have three daughters, Carly, Stephanie and Jennifer.
The day to day operation of Hope Tract Ministry is directed by Richard Murphy. He and his wife Kim are missionaries with Bethel World Baptist Missions which is located in Clover, SC. He was saved in 1982 and in 1987 he answered the Lord’s call to mission work. He came to HTM in 2000 and he and his wife are members of Bethel Baptist Church of Filbert in Clover, SC.
Bill runs the printing presses, as well as cutting the finished tracts and packing them for shipping. He joined HTM in January of 2020. He and his wife Gwen are members of Bethel Baptist Church.
The Douthits began working with HTM in 2008. They volunteer their time each week operating the folding machine and packing the tracts. They are members of Bethel Baptist Church.