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Our Pastor,

Rev. Stephen D. Smith

Stephen D. Smith is the pastor of Mt. Hermon and Portland, respectively. Pastor Smith has labored to lead both churches in a closer relationship with God. He will tell you that it is not easy getting people to abandon their hopes and dreams for a more reliant life on God.

He has served the Mt. Hermon family for the past 26 years and at Portland for 6. Pastor Smith has a heart and passion for the people of God and the community. Pastor Smith has led the people of God to be more sensitive to the needs and climate of our community. He is community-minded. Under

his leadership, the church has worked on such projects as housing, business development, literacy, economic development, and drug and crime prevention. Pastor Smith believes we are our best resource.

Pastor Smith has worked with many local groups to restore the value to people and communities throughout Metro Louisville. He is there when called upon to aid and assist our people and community. He believes we will recapture the community pride once held by our people.

Pastor Smith himself has an Undergraduate Degree in Business. He has obtained his Masters Degree in Theology and a Masters in Counseling. Also, Pastor Smith served as an Adjunct Professor and Chaplain at Campbellsville University. He has also served as a Health Care Chaplain at Baptist East Hospital, University Hospital, Christopher East Health Care Center, as well as a Chaplain at Roederer Correctional facility in LaGrange KY.

Pastor Smith is married to the lovely Sis. Odessa. They are the proud parents of five adult children - Stephanie, Yauka, Denielle, Brandon, & Arthur. They also have five grandchildren.  

He continues to lead his flock in a closer relationship with God.  He preaches and teaches, “We Can Do More Together!”  That we can do more with the help and power of God.  Pastor Smith believes, “The best is yet to come.” “Eyes have not seen, ears have not heard, nor has it entered into the minds (hearts) of people yet what God has prepared for those who love and follow Him.” (I Cor 2:9)