Dr. Sylvester Smith, Jr., Pastor of New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Inc. since December 2002.
Born May 17, 1956 in Hempstead, Texas, Sylvester Smith, Jr. is the second of nine children to the parents of Mr. Sylvester Smith, Sr. and Mrs. Lottie Mae Smith. He is the husband to Madlyn Renee Smith and the father of Trason, Kristian, Michellee and Desiree. Dr. Smith is the proud grandfather of three grandchildren, two of which reside in College Station, Texas and one in Houston, Texas.
Dr. Smith has long been a strong proponent of education; he a is a 1975 graduate of Hempstead Senior High School and a two time graduate of Prairie View A&M University. Dr. Smith received a B.S. in Industrial Education and a Master’s degree in Education in 1999. He also continued his educational pursuits and attended Bailey Seminary of Houston, Texas, the Institute for Teaching God’s Word Theological Seminary, and the Graduate School of Theology, where he received his Doctorate in Ministry in 2003.
Now a retired educator, Dr. Smith, spent 30 years teaching in various school districts. He also served as a coach. In addition, Dr. Smith utilized his education, leadership, management, and organizational skills not only in the classroom but also as an Administrator, High School Assistant Principal, and Director of Maintenance and Operations.
Dr. Smith acknowledged Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior at an early age and was baptized at Mt. Corinth Baptist Church in Hempstead, Texas under the leadership of the late Dr. Roland Hicks. Dr. Smith’s Pastoral Ministry started at the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Port Arthur, Texas. After his tenure there, the Lord moved him to Pastor at the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Orange, TX. After which, he again answered the call of the Lord to The Antioch Missionary Baptist Church also in Orange. The last twelve years of his thirty-two years of Pastoral Service has been spent at the New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Inc. While at New Zion, Dr. Smith has led the congregation to pay off two mortgages valued at nearly one million dollars. The ministry continues to move forward under his leadership where the vision for the congregation is an abiding embracement of Jesus Christ.
Dr. Smith is not only a visionary in ministry but also an active community leader. He became the Brazos Valley founding moderator for the Greater Friendship District Association (GFDA) and served faithfully for eight years. Dr. Smith continues to be a major supporter of the GFDA now serving as the chairperson and administrator of the Greater Friendship and John Edward Burrell College Scholarships which are used to pour into the lives of young men and ladies to encourage their continued education after high school. Other avid community support can be seen in Dr. Smith’s willingness to serve as Chaplain for the Bryan Police Department and mentor for the Brazos County Juvenile Services, as well as being a member of the Brazos Pastor’s Coalition and member of the Brazos Health Committee. Additionally, Dr. Smith is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Sigma Sigma Chapter.
Besides to a tremendous passion for ministry and community activism, Dr. Smith has a love for spending time with his wife and family and in his spare time enjoys bowling, golf and fishing.
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