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PASTOR LARRY SMITH

Pastor, Teacher, Preacher, Singer, an Anointed man of GOD, Dr. Larry Smith is a visionary leader who has served as the pastor of New St. Mark Baptist Church for 35 years. Pastor Smith is a lover of GOD and GOD'S people. His strong faith and his desire to serve GOD in a spirit of excellence has taken New St. Mark to new heights spiritually and numerically. GOD has used Pastor Smith as a vessel to transform many lives within the church through relevant teaching and preaching. A progressive thinker,numerous ministries have been added to affect positive change in the community through the New St. Mark Family Life Center and the Abayomi Community Development Corporation, providing services for youth, families and seniors. He most recently led the successful March For Justice 2015 in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Selma March, and to unite the churches to stand up and speak up for social injustices that are occurring in Michigan and across this nation. Pastor Smith is a man of faith who believes in the power of the Holy Spirit to guide and direct his path in ministry. He loves preaching and he loves preachers.

A graduate of Marygrove College, Pastor Smith received his Masters of Theology from Ashland Theological Seminary and his Doctorate of Ministry from Ecumenical Theological Seminary, and serves as an adjunct professor at Marygrove College. Active in community as well as religious organizations, Pastor Smith has been the recipient of numerous awards and commendations. He has served in leadership and as instructor in the Michigan District Association and the B.M. E. State Convention and Congress. He has a heart of gold and is willing to help whoever he can, however he can. Dr. Smith has served as teacher, mentor, and spiritual father to many sons and daughters in the ministry, some who are now pastoring their own churches.

Pastor Smith works in ministry partnership with his wife Rev. Linda Smith, also a graduate of Ashland Theological Seminary. They are the parents of four Christian daughters, all college graduates who offer strong support to their ministry and grandparents to ten wonderful grandchildren.

PASTOR LINDA SMITH

Teacher, Preacher, Administrator, First Lady and Dynamic Woman of GOD! Reverend Linda Smith is GOD’s vessel of grace, poise and power. She loves the Lord and is dedicated to the work of the ministry and kingdom building. Pastor Linda shares in preaching and teaching responsibility at New St. Mark, where she works in partnership with her husband and the love of her life, Dr. Larry Smith. In 2011, she developed Sunrise Sister’s, a quarterly worship experience for women that continues to grow and offer women of all ages an opportunity for fellowship, and to praise and worship GOD in their own way.

Licensed in 2004 and ordained as a Gospel preacher in 2006, she has grown into a powerful preacher and prolific teacher. With the help of the Holy Spirit, Pastor Linda strives to deliver a clear and relevant Word so that people can learn to apply it to their everyday situations. A graduate of Marygrove College with a BA in Secondary Education, she later pursued and received her Masters of Theology from Ashland Theological Seminary.

Pastor Linda is a praying, anointed woman who has faithfully served in ministry at New St. Mark Baptist Church for over 34 years. She strives to maintain a standard of excellence because she knows that we serve a most excellent and awesome GOD who deserves our best. She believes that if we first seek the kingdom of heaven and all of its righteousness, everything else will follow. She stands her spiritual ground and balances her life commitment on Romans 8:28, knowing that all things work together for the good of those who love GOD and are called according to His purpose.                                                                                                                    

She and Pastor Larry are the parents of four saved daughters, who are all college graduates and are serious servants within the Body of Christ. They are blessed with four son-in-laws and ten grandchildren.