Mike and Tammy Smith
Mike and Tammy Smith are featured as two of our Xtraordinary parents. Mike started attending Tabernacle when he was 3 years old in pre-school. Throughout his entire Christian education at TCS, Mike feels he had great influences. According to Mike, “What helps me in my daily life is the influence my teachers and coaches had on me while at TCS.” For example, Mr. Steve Morris was the one Mike visited when he was under conviction at the age of 16. Mike was saved in Mr. Morris’ home that very night. Mike learned from his teachers and Pastor Bobby Leonard about priorities. He learned to put God first in all things through service and tithing, a truth Mike continues to instill in his own children.
One of the most memorable times for Mike at TCS was playing basketball. He played both JV and Varsity basketball and was team captain during his senior year. He loved the game and was awarded all-conference his senior year. More importantly, Coaches Jerry Sumner and Terry Comer taught him how to win with a good attitude. When asked, Mike commented, “When another player fell, we helped him up, even if he was on the opposing team.” That’s an attitude Mike has passed onto his son Sean who also plays sports at TCS.
After graduating from high school, Mike started working at Universal Electric in Indian Trail. While there, he was blessed to become good friends with a fellow co-worker and Christian named Ricky Harper. In 1995, Mike and Ricky formed Harper’s Electric and have been blessed with a successful business. Mike is also a licensed general contractor and is owner of Top Quality Builders, Inc. The Lord truly blessed Mike with an ability to learn numerous trades.
Mike and his wife Tammy have been married for twenty-six years and have two children. Acknowledging the value of Christian education, both Mike and Tammy noted, “A decision and at times a sacrifice we made early on was to give our children a Christian education.” Their daughter Jennifer attended TCS from K-4 through 12th grade and graduated in 2007. Their son Sean, currently a senior, has been at TCS since K-4.
Mike Smith has given back to his alma mater in many ways. Just a few of the ways he has given include donating his skills as an electrician on numerous occasions, purchasing lights for both the gymnasium and soccer field, and recently buying the boys’ basketball team letter jackets and state championship patches. Tabernacle Christian School honors Mike and his wonderful family.