Dr. E. Dewey Smith, Jr., is the Senior Pastor/Teacher of The Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church ~ The House of Hope located in Decatur, Ga. Prior to moving to Metro Atlanta, he served as Senior Pastor of the Beulahland Bible Church in Macon, Ga.
A native of Macon, Ga., Dr. Smith received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from Morehouse College, Atlanta, Ga. He matriculated at Morehouse School of Religion – The Interdenominational Theological Center – Atlanta, Ga. and received his Master of Science degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude, from the Southern Christian University in Montgomery, Ala. Smith earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He was also inducted into the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College as a Distinguished Preacher.
Pastor Smith commenced his preaching ministry at the tender age of 17 and his pastoral ministry at 19. God has highly favored him by allowing explosive growth and outreach to accompany his ministry. His first congregation grew from 48 to over 3,000 people in 13 years. After faithfully serving at Beulahland, God elevated him to become the Senior Pastor/Teacher of The Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church-The House of Hope-in Metro Atlanta. Since the commencement of his pastorate at Greater Travelers Rest in January 2004, the church’s membership roll has grown from 1,200 to more than 10,000–with an average weekend attendance of 7,000 people. During the first five years of his tenure at Greater Travelers Rest, the church was blessed to acquire a 60 acre, seven building (480,000 total square feet) campus–featuring a 7,000 seat Cathedral–all for the glory of God.
Smith’s broadcasts and media ministries have been viewed by millions around the world. Additionally, Dr. Smith’s works have been published in The African American Pulpit Journal. He has authored several publications and his most recent book, “Maximizing Your Membership,” is widely acclaimed by pastors and ministry leaders internationally. Smith has served on the Board of Directors for the Morehouse School of Religion, Atlanta, Ga., as well as the United Theological Seminary & Bible College of Monroe, La. For over 20 years he has been a strong advocate of outreach ministry and community development and involvement. Additionally, he is a musician, producer, and songwriter and served as the Executive Producer of The Hope Mass Choir’s Live at the Cathedral.
Smith is married to the lovely former Andrea Fambro, his best friend of over 20 years. They are the proud parents of two sons: Kamari Elijah and Kylen Isaiah.