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Meet our Senior Pastor
Dr. Robert T. Smith
Pastor Robert T. Smith is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, a third generation preacher. He is a product of Seventh Day Adventist Christian school from grammar school to graduate school. He holds a BA in theology, Masters of Divinity, Doctorate of Divinity and a Doctorate of Philosophy.
He has served as an ordained minister of the Seventh Day Adventist church for over 30 years, working in Southeastern California, Allegheny West Conference, South Atlantic Conference, Southeastern Florida Conference, Southern Union Conference, Oakwood College, and the Great Allegheny East Conference.
He has preached for and conducted evangelistic meetings and workshops in over 130 countries on 6 continents.
His hobbies are snowmobiling, scuba diving, horseback riding, golfing, convention and meeting planning, gourmet cooking, and playing the keyboard.
He currently serves as a member of the P.O.S.T. Certified Chaplains, the Long Term Recovery Board for the state of New Jersey, the NAACP, One Hundred Black Men of America, the National Coalition for Black Meeting Planners, and the Religious Conference Meeting Association.
He has also served on the Literature Ministry Coordinating Board, the Review and Herald Publishing Association Board, the Pacific Press Publishing Association Board, and the North American Division Research and Development Committee. He is also a Master Guide of the Seventh Day Adventist Pathfinder Club.
He has been married to Maryann Hughes Smith, who is an educator, for over 30 years. They have one adult son, Alex, who is currently a banker.
His favorite bible scripture is Matthew 1:21, “And she shall bring forth a child and thou shalt call his name Jesus, and He shall save His people from their sins.” KJV.
About Seventh-day Adventists
The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a mainstream Protestant church with approximately 19 million members worldwide, including more than one million members in North America. The Seventh-day Adventist Church seeks to enhance quality of life for people everywhere and to let people know that Jesus is coming again soon.
Adventists believe a Trinity of three persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—make up one God. They made salvation possible when Jesus, the Son, came to earth as a baby in Bethlehem and lived a sinless life in accordance with the Father's will. When Jesus was crucified for the sins of the people of the world and arose from the dead on the third day, victory was won for everyone.
When He returned to heaven following the resurrection, Jesus left the Holy Spirit to serve as our Comforter and Counselor. He promised to return to earth a second time to complete His plan of salvation and take His people to heaven. Adventists are among the believers who look forward to that day.
Adventists believe that God is concerned with the quality of human life, and that everything—the way we live, eat, speak, think, treat each other, and care for the world around us—is part of His plan. Our families, our children, our jobs, our talents, our money, and our time are all important to Him.
A Worldwide Church Family
The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a mainstream Protestant church with approximately 19 million members worldwide, including more than one million members in North America.
The Adventist Church operates 173 hospitals and sanitariums and more than 7,500 schools around the world. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) works within communities in more than 130 countries to provide community development and disaster relief.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a Millennialist Protestant Christian denomination that was founded in the 1860s in the USA.
The name Seventh-day Adventist is based on the Church's observance of the "biblical Sabbath" on Saturday, the seventh day of the week. "Advent" means coming and refers to their belief that Jesus Christ will soon return to this earth.
Seventh-day Adventists differ in only four areas of beliefs from the mainstream Trinitarian Christian denominations. These are the Sabbath day, the doctrine of the heavenly sanctuary, the status of the writings of Ellen White, and their doctrine of the second coming and millennium.