Pastor Robert Smith, Jr. is the third of ten children born to the late Reverend Robert Smith, Sr. and Ollie Mae Smith of Pensacola, Florida. His formal education was obtained in Pensacola and Birmingham, Alabama after his family relocated. Robert received the Bachelor of Arts Degree from Miles College, Fairfield, Alabama in 1974 and the Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans in 1976. He continued studies at Drew University in the Doctor of Ministry Program and in the Doctoral Program at Houston Theological Seminary, Houston, Texas.
Pastor Smith heard the call of God early in life and has been a minister most of his life and a pastor for more than forty years. Pastor Smith succeeded his father upon his death at Bethel Baptist Church, Pratt City (Birmingham) Alabama in 1975.
In 1982, Pastor Robert Smith, Jr. accepted the call to serve as Co-Pastor of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. Upon Rev. Franklin's death in 1984, Pastor Smith became Pastor of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. Pastor Smith proudly pastors New Bethel where ministry extends beyond the walls through Angel Land Day Care Centers, AA and NA Support Groups and the Samaritan Ministry which provides clothing and food weekly to those in need to name a few.
Pastor Smith is a member of the Executive Board of the Michigan Chapter, Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and is past Vice President of the Detroit Chapter NAACP. Pastor Smith blogs for the Detroit News. Dr. William J. Shaw appointed Robert Smith Chairman of the Evangelism Board of the National Baptist Convention,
Pastor Smith has received many accolades and awards. His travels are extensive to include two tours of the Holy Land, Germany and the Bahamas.
He is a sought after Evangelisst and Vocalist. Born with a passion for the down and out, Missionary Robert Smith, Jr. is the Founder and Chair of the Haiti Mission Alliance. His pilgrimage takes him to Port Au Prince, Haiti at least six times yearly as he provides for the needs of the people.
Robert Smith, Jr. and his best friend Cynthia will celebrate forty-four years of marriage on December 23, 2016. They have one son, Rev. Conderidge Robert Smith; two daughters Sherique Moshelle Ransby, Terique Moshelle Parker, Esq.; two grandsons, Joshua Robert Smith and Austin Olander Ransby; two granddaughters, Grace Elizabeth Cynthia Smith and Lauren Moshelle Ransby; one god-daughter, Erma Lee McQueen.
A preaching preacher with A Mind To Live For Jesus, Pastor Bob continues to proclaim, How Good The Lord Is!