"And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding." Jeremiah 3:15 KJV
Elder Mark A. Smith has embodied the very essence of this profound and sagacious scripture in serving as the Pastor of Faith Temple Christian Ministry. Since his arrival, God has abundantly blessed Faith Temple and its surrounding community through Pastor Smith's unfailing dedication and steadfast commitment to strengthening families and enriching lives through the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
Pastor Smith is the youngest of four children born to Frank & Ida Smith of McComb, MS. He started playing drums at the age of three years old in the churches in which his father pastored (New Jerusalem COGIC & Prayer Tower COGIC). Later on he learned how to play the saxophone, as well as, the piano. He served as the church musician and Sunday School Teacher here at Faith Temple during his teenage years.
In 1994, Pastor Smith accepted the call to preach the gospel while he was serving as minister of music at Now Faith Deliverance Tabernacle, Miami, FL under the leadership of Pastor Katrine Forbes. He preached his trial sermon and received his minister's license at Now Faith in 1995. He later joined and became the Youth Pastor at Family of Faith Christian Church under the leadership of Pastor Glenn Johnson, where he was also licensed to minister the gospel. After several years of faithful service to these and other ministries, God called Pastor Smith back home to serve the church in which his father had started, Faith Temple Christian Ministry.
Pastor Smith is also a recording artist whose music has been heard and sold around the world. He has released three solo projects ("Ministry", "My Story", & "The Return") and one project with a group he formed called Uni'tee, entitled "A New Sound For A New Day". He won "Song Writer of The Year" for his song entitled "Restoration" and he also won "Urban Contemporary Artist of the year" for his CD entitled "My Story". Pastor Smith is currently working on his fourth solo project which is slated to be released in 2017.
In 2012, Pastor Smith was called as the 3rd pastor of Faith Temple Christian Ministry. His leadership has produced a spiritual explosion evidenced by unprecedented membership growth and congregational ministries that meet the needs of members from ages 2 to 92. A pursuit of personal holiness, integrity, intelligence and an undying love of people, combined with passionate, sound biblical preaching, teaching and discipleship have characterized his successful and flourishing pastorate. Pastor Smith is a graduate of New Zion Bible Institute, where he received his BA degree in Biblical Studies.
He has led Faith Temple in its endeavors to totally renovate its facility beginning at the end of 2011, resulting in the addition of three new classrooms, a new finance office and Pastor's office, as well as, a new media room. Future plans include the expansion of our fellowship hall, paved parking lot, a youth building, and a home for those in need of shelter. His love for Jesus Christ and the people of God have led him to speak and sing in churches, seminars and conferences throughout the country.
Pastor Smith is married to the former LaShonda Morris of Denham Springs, LA, she works along side her husband as the assoiciate minister. They are the proud parents of four children, Victoria L. Smith, Princess C. Smith, Mark A. Smith II, and David E. Smith. To God be the glory!