The Road is a church that desires to keep our focus on God. We want our eyes to be on who God is and what He has done, and we want to direct the attention of those around us toward Him as well.


The Road is a small, family church. We love being a church where we all know each other. Come and join us in the exciting things that God is doing among us. We are trusting God to lead us step-by-step into the future through prayer.


The Road is a church on mission. We take the Great Commission seriously and desire to see the nations sing praises to our God and Savior Jesus Christ.

Click here to read our Affirmation of Faith



Love the Lord our God with all our soul, mind, and strength.

Share in reaching the world with the good news of Jesus Christ.

Love one another in such a way that the world glorifies God.

Embrace suffering for the glory of Christ.

Live together in genuine community.

Love people with Christ’s love in order that they might come to love Jesus.

The Road Church Staff
Dale Smith
Pastor/Teaching Elder
Email: smithd@theroad.church
Dale Smith was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and spent the majority of his childhood in the wonderful town of Willington, Connecticut.  At 16, he was invited by a neighbor to attend a special revival service at Baptist Fellowship of Columbia, Connecticut.  While listening to the preacher (Fred Doerge), Dale was convinced of God’s righteousness and his own sinfulness.  He subsequently responded to the Gospel with repentance and faith.  Shortly after graduating high school, Dale felt called to preach and responded by leaving the Northeast to attend Southwest Baptist University (SBU, Bolivar, MO).
Since that time, Dale’s journey has included attending several different institutions of higher learning.  He has also been blessed to serve a variety of churches (both Baptist and Nondenominational).  Whether he is discussing theology in the classroom setting or talking about the Lord Jesus with a local church member, he acknowledges that both circumstances have left a deep impact on him.  Dale is married to Teresa Smith.  They have one son, Andrew Smith.  Dale is a recent graduate of UMKC with a Ph.D. in Religious Studies and History (2017).  He also holds degrees from Yale, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and SBU—America’s Premiere Baptist University.
The excitement that Dale and his family feel at having been called to serve the Lord with the wonderful believers of The Road almost defy expression.  He (and they) are eager to see how God will glorify himself and grow this body in the years to come.  Come and join them at The Road!
Dale’s hobbies include: reading 17th century Puritan literature, collecting vintage saltwater lures of New England Manufacture (1945-1965), collecting Victorian ephemera pertaining to Charles Spurgeon, and analysis of comedic styles from Mort Sahl to Jim Gaffigan.
Charles Ackmann
Associate Pastor
Email: ackmannc@theroad.church
“I was brought up in a Christian home. I learned about the gospel of Jesus Christ at a very young age. I even prayed a sinner’s prayer when I was a child, but I was not changed. My life was not changed by the Holy Spirit of God to love holiness and hate my own sin. But God, when I was about 22 years old, chose to cause me to be born again to a living hope through Jesus Christ. I remembered the gospel. I loved the gospel. I desired holiness. I despised my sinfulness.
Praise God! He has made me a new creation in Christ Jesus! Since then, I have seen God working in so many incredible ways. I have, with God’s help, followed Jesus Christ through a winding road. By his direction and provision he has brought me through a cross-country move, marriage to my wonderful wife Debra, the birth of four sons, a Bachelors Degree in Biblical Studies from the University of Northwestern, St. Paul, a Master’s of Divinity at Bethlehem College and Seminary, Minneapolis, another cross-country move, and now into this role of Associate Pastor of The Road church. I am amazed! I would have never in a million years thought that this adventure with God would lead to becoming a pastor!
Now, it is my great joy to teach, preach, and pray the Bible over this church for as long as God keeps me here. I pray that he will continue to lead me on this great adventure of life in Christ for many, many years with this church. I love these people. May God grant great growth in holiness, and knowledge of God to us as we labor together to minister the gospel to this community.”
When not reading, teaching, or preaching the Bible, Charles enjoys listening to the Royals play on the radio, while cooking on the grill and playing catch with his boys in the back yard.
Favorite fictional book: The Horse and His Boy, by C.S. Lewis
Favorite song: anything by Shane and Shane