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Senior Pastor, Rev. Gregory S. Smith


Rev. Gregory S. Smith, Sr. has been appointed to St. Paul, effective July 1, 2017.

Our new pastor was born in Long Beach California and raised in New Jersey. A son of the parsonage and a blended family, he was exposed at an early age to service as demonstrated by his parents. His step-father was an AME Minister and Presiding Elder (superintendent) in several lead churches and districts throughout New Jersey.  Because of this, Pastor ‘G” remained active in his church, local, and civic communities. After graduating from Princeton High School in 1982, Rev. Smith attended Rutgers University where he received his BSW and MSW degrees consecutively in 1986 and 1987.

Rev. Smith has served as a licensed clinical social worker, having worked for over 30 years in medical, clinical, psychiatric and youth development programs. From 2006-2016, he was employed as the Program Director of the “Making Visions Possible” school based Youth Service Program at Willingboro High School. There he aligned himself with several key community representatives whose objectives aimed to keep students in school and achieve their personal and academic goals.

He accepted the call to pursue pastoral ministry in 2007 and began a second education in ministry by obtaining his Masters of Divinity Degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, which he received in May 2015.   

He is a preacher, teacher, workshop leader, but best enjoys visiting and serving his congregation. As a pastor, he served Bethel AME Church in Pennington for three years and most recently, as pastor of Mt. Zion AME church in Trussville, AL. 





He has received numerous awards and has been active in many collegiate and community organizations. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and is a Prince Hall Mason.

“Pastor G” is married to his beautiful wife, Kamarie Smith. They have a blended family. He has two adult sons, Keston Johnson and Gregory Jr., and the Smiths have three children: Ryshawn (a student at William Patterson University); Uriah, an 8th grade student; and Tiana who is in 5th grade. They also have a dog, “Butterfly” and several goldfish.

His favorite scripture is Jeremiah 33:3 “Call unto me and I will answer thee and show thee great and wonderful things which thou knows not.”

Church Staff

Minister of Visitation: Rev. Alfred Murray

Choir Director: John Gamble

Organist: Rhonda Calloway

Church Administrator: Terri Paganni


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