Reverend Robert Smith Jr., Pastor
Reverend Robert Smith, Jr. is a native of
He is the third of ten children born to the late Reverend Robert Smith, Sr. and Ollie Mae Smith.
Rev. Smith has been a Baptist Minister for forty-eight years and a pastor for more than thirty-five years. He currently serves the historic
as pastor where they are celebrating the twenty-nine years of shepherding and
innovative dynamic leadership he provides.
As a graduate of
and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in
he earned his Master of Divinity Degree, continued his studies at
in the Doctor of Ministry Program and is currently enrolled in the Doctoral Program at Houston Theological Seminary.
Reverend Smith is a member of the Executive Board of the Michigan Chapter, Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and is past Vice President of the Detroit NAACP. In 2002 President Shaw appointed him Chairman of the Evangelism Board of The National Baptist Convention,
USA, Inc. He is also Chairman of Foreign Mission for the B. M. & E. State Convention. One of Rev. Smith’s greatest passions is his mission work in
through C & S Missions led by Dr. John Hearnes and Dr. Nellie Williams. Born of that passion, in 2006 Pastor Smith founded and currently chairs the Haiti Mission Alliance. He is President of Redeemer Community Development Corporation, which has purchased 17 million dollars in housing, commercial development projects and continues to provide affordable housing and a better quality of life for youth and adults.
In addition, under his leadership, New Bethel has developed and sustains the Angel Land Day Care, The Center of Hope; an emergency relief center, and the Samaritan Ministry that feeds over 300 families weekly.
Reverend Smith has received many awards and accolades to numerous to detail. He is a Community Activist, Publisher, Columnist, Evangelist and Vocalist. He is the author of two books, In The Shadow of C. L. Franklin
and Tragedy, Trial & Triumph
as well as many periodicals. He is a featured writer for the Judson Press, The National Baptist Convention,
USA, Inc. and appears regularly in the Detroit News (blogs).
Robert Smith, Jr. and his best friend Cynthia Perkins Smith will celebrate their thirty-eight wedding anniversary in December of ‘2011. They have one preaching son, Rev. Conderidge Robe'rt Smith who has added to the family, one grandson, Joshua Robe'rt; two daughters, educator Sherique who is married to Olander Ransby, and is now the proud mom of little Alston Ransby, they reside in Georgia and Terique Moshelle Parker, Esq. who currently practices law in the
District of Columbia with new hubby Gary Parker. They also have and one goddaughter, Erma who is now attending Illinois Institute of Art and desires to become a fashion designer.
Rev. Smith’s favorite saying is, How Good The Lord Is!