Zach Smith

Staff Worker, GBU Italy

I grew up in the North Island in a gospel believing family. I gave my life to Christ at a young age and felt God’s call to cross-cultural missions when I was 13.

In 2012 while at university, I went to Urbana Missions conference in St Louis, Missouri with my mentor Ben Carswell. I had begun to feel God leading me towards ministry in Europe having had my eyes opened to fall of Christianity in Europe in a Religious Studies course that semester. At Urbana I met and talked with several IFES staff working in Europe, including Sarah Breuel, who was IFES staff in Rome at the time. Talking with Sarah and her husband Rene, who pastors a church plant in the centre of Rome, I felt my heart burning for Italy.

After finishing my studies and paying off my student loan, I went to work with IFES Europe (GBU in Italy) for 2 years. I met my wife Alice Trinari there and we were married in 2017 in New Zealand. We returned to Italy to continue serving God. We live in Pisa where I work as GBU staff and Alice volunteers with Operation Mobilisation, another missionary organisation. We are part of a new church plant in Pisa called Chiesa Cristiana “La Torre.”

I am passionate about seeing people come to know Jesus and grow into mature followers of Christ. I also love football (Livepool!), fantasy novels, and board games.