He commenced his preaching ministry at age 17 and his pastoral ministry at age 19. God has highly favored Dr. Smith by allowing explosive growth and outreach to accompany his ministry. His first congregation in Macon, Ga., Beulahland, grew from 48 to over 3,000 people in 13 years. Since 2004 he has served as the Senior Pastor/Teacher of The House of Hope Atlanta and under his leadership, the membership roll has grown to more than 11,000. In January 2015, Smith was blessed to expand his ministry with the launch of The House of Hope Macon.
Smith is a learned man–with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College, in Atlanta, Ga. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with his Master of Science degree from Southern Christian University in Montgomery, Ala., and earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. Additionally, he was inducted into the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Board of Preachers at Morehouse College as a “Distinguished Preacher.” Dr. Smith has served on the Board of Directors for the Morehouse School of Religion as well as the Board of Directors for the United Theological Seminary and Bible College of Monroe, La.
He is an author of theological articles and books. Smith’s works have been included in publications such as The African American Pulpit Journal, and his most recent book, A God Dream, is considered a literary gem. Dr. Smith is a musician, producer and songwriter. He was the Executive Producer for The Hope Mass Choir’s Live at the Cathedral project and released his latest single, “I’m a Christian Man,” during Bishop T. D. Jakes’ MegaFest conference. Pastor Smith’s television broadcasts and media ministries have an international reach and are viewed by millions around the world. His television program, “Living Hope,” is broadcast weekly on The Word Network, which has a reach – in the United States alone – of 86 million households.
A personable and humble man, Dr. Smith has been honored to share in ministry across the world. Among his more recent opportunities are: guest speaker at Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s Inaugural Prayer Service (2015), live broadcast of The House of Hope Atlanta’s New Year’s Eve services on The Word Network (2014), pre-game Minister to the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers (2014), launch of the “Living Hope” television broadcast (2014), Morning Preacher for the historic Centennial Anniversary for the Hampton University Ministers Conference (2014), keynote speaker at Bishop T. D. Jakes’ International Pastors & Leadership Conference (2014) and at Jakes’ MegaFest (2013). Smith is intentional in his efforts to minister to five generations and his ministry impacts persons from all socioeconomic classes. Counted among those inspired by his message of HOPE are students, educators, doctors, professional NBA/NFL athletes, gospel and R&B artists, Hollywood actors and other celebrities.