Dr. E. Dewey Smith, Jr
A native of Macon, GA., Dr. Smith received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA. He matriculated at Morehouse School of Religion – The Interdenominational Theological Center – Atlanta, Ga. and received his Master of Science degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude, from the Southern Christian University in Montgomery, AL. Smith earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He was also inducted into the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College as a Distinguished Preacher.
Pastor Smith commenced his preaching ministry at the tender age of 17 and his pastoral ministry at 19. God has highly favored him by allowing explosive growth and outreach to accompany his ministry. His first congregation grew from 48 to over 3,000 people in 13 years. After faithfully serving at Beulahland, God elevated him to become the Senior Pastor/Teacher of The House of Hope Atlanta. Under Dr. Smith’s leadership, the membership roll has grown from several hundred to over 11,000. In August 2009, the church purchased a 60 acre, 7 building campus, featuring a 7,000 seat Neo-Gothic Cathedral. Additionally, a myriad of capital improvements, enhancements and investments in the community have been made all for the glory of God.