Our Pastor and Shephard

Bishop Lionel W. Smith


Bishop Lionel W. Smith is a Minister of the gospel working for the advancement of the kingdom of God, and a vibrant member of the community.

 Bishop is married to the lovely First Lady Doreen Smith and together they have 6 children and 13 grandchildren of whom are living in the United States and abroad.

Bishop Smith served in the U.S. Army from 1966-1968. As a Communication Expert in Vietnam he held a high security clearance and received the Army Commendation Medal and the Purple heart for his dedicated service to our country.

Bishop  Smith was licensed to preach the gospel in 1979 at the Hollywood Baptist Church of Christ under the Reverend Andy C. Lewter.  He served as an Associate Minister at Hollywood held positions as Deacon, Gospel Chorus President, Communications Specialist, and member of the Brotherhood.

In 1980, Bishop was ordained.  He organized and founded the Faith Missionary Baptist Church which was chartered by the Eastern Baptist Association.  The Bishop is also the former Moderator of the Long Island Progressive Missionary Baptist Churches General Association (three consecutive terms). During his tenure he was responsible for establishing the Long Island Progressive Bible College and bringing an International component to the Association.

In 2014, Bishop Smith was elevated to Chief Prelate of the True Foundation Ministries International Reformation, affiliated with Greater Friendship Assemblies under Chief prelate/Chief Apostle Dr. Mitchell H. Hudson.

Bishop Smith preaches the Gospel across the United States and Internationally.  He has provided spiritual leadership and guidance to his congregation.  He provides council to the sons and daughters in ministry who have gone on to pastor their own congregations.  For 36 years, Pastor Smith labored in the vineyard at Faith Missionary Baptist Church, Huntington Station, NY.

In April 2017, after relocating to Asheville, NC, Bishop Smith was called to pastor Greater New Zion Baptist Church and was officially installed as the Senior Pastor on July 22, 2017. 

Be assured that Bishop Lionel Smith loves the Lord and trusts in His Word!