Pastor James W. Smith, Jr.
Elect Lady Helen S. Smith
A Tennessee native, Rev. James W. Smith, Jr., grew up in the Walker Homes section of southwest Memphis. As the ninth child of Rev. J. W. Smith, Sr., and Lillie B. Smith, he has been exposed to Christian living his entire life. Rev. Smith is a graduate of Mitchell High School in Memphis and attended Georgia Institute of Technology and graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He continued his graduate studies at Memphis State University and obtained Public Leadership Certification from Harvard University. Rev. Smith is currently doing postgraduate work at Jacksonville Theological Seminary.
Rev. Smith was called to the gospel ministry in 1991 and was ordained in 1994 by Rev. Rogers Pruitt at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Memphis. There, he served faithfully as an associate minister and Church Business Administrator. He also served for a time as choir president and assistant Sunday school superintendent.
In 2002, he was called to serve as assistant pastor of Kimbrough Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Lamar, Mississippi due to the declining health of his father. After the passing of his father in 2004, Rev. Smith was elected as pastor of the church. During his tenure, the church has seen tremendous growth numerically and spiritually. Kimbrough Chapel has truly begun to realize the ideal coined by Rev. Smith in 2004, "A Great Church, Full of Great Members, Doing Great Work, for our Great God."
Rev. Smith is certified by the Sunday School Publishing Board of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., to teach in three different subject areas. He served as past President of the Congress of Christian of the Holly Springs Marshall County Baptist Association and as 1st Vice Moderator. He also served as Director of Doctrine in the Holly Springs Baptist Ministerial Alliance.
Rev. Smith is married to Helen S. Smith, and they have three children - Antwan, Jay, and Kiara. He is a retiree of Memphis City Schools where he served more than 20 years in various capacities including Director of Information Technology, Chief Technology Officer and member of the Superintendent's Executive Staff. His life?s motto is, "If you pray the prayers you ought to pray, you won?t need the prayers you've got to pray!"