REVEREND RODNEY D. SMITH
"When I Have Completed the Impossible, Make Me to Know That I Have Yet Not Finished"
Born and raised in the ‘show me" state (Missouri), this St. Louis native, has been in the AME Church his entire life. He is a former YPD President and PK. Dedicated to the call on his life, he grew up praying and believing God would allow him to be used for his glory. Rodney knew he was called for a purpose and destined for greatness. Needless to say, his mother would instill the power of prayer which would ultimately lead him to where he is today.
Reverend Smith exemplifies the ideal of living for the sake of others, He has dedicated his life to the values he was taught, the families that he serve, the community in which he lives, and the peace that surrounds him. His ministry transcends racial, national and religious barriers. His desire is to celebrate the strengths of the communities he serve, and work toward eliminating the weaknesses of the community in a productive and purposeful way.
Reverend Smith endeavors to find ways in which he can be instrumental in eliminating institutionalized racism in the community, politics, community agencies, faith communities, neighborhood associations and to create a sustained social justice partnership.
Having grown up in the African Methodist Episcopal Church his entire life, all of his secondary education has come through the AME Schools. He graduated from Morris Brown College, Payne Seminary, and currently enrolled at Payne Theological Seminary on Liberation Theology from Practice to Action. Senior Bishop John R. Bryant of the AME Church is the mentor for the program.
Presently, Rev. Smith is the humble pastor of St. John AME Church, in Fort Mitchell, AL. He is an active clergyperson within his district, serving on the ninth district finance team, a member of the board of examiners for the Northeast conference. Pastor Smith has traveled throughout the connectional AME Church preaching and teaching the goodness of God.
Pastor Rodney D. Smith is a pastor, author, and seminar facilitator. He holds a Master of Divinity from Payne Theological Seminary. He believes that one of his greatest blessings is the family God has given to him. He has been married to Amittia Bradley Smith, former college queen who recently accepted her call into ministry as well. Together, this anointed couple are parents of three beautiful children, HoneyRosie (12), Royal, (9), Rodney Jeremiah (5).