Covenant Celebrates 10 years of Service by The Reverend Christine A. Smith...
Smith family (Aristide Smith, Jr., Pastor Chris, Aristide III and Aris...)
Son, Caleb A. Smith (Trombonist) Quintet, provided Jazz during dinner...
On Friday, May 20th, 2016, Covenant Baptist Church, along with family, friends and community leaders honored The Reverend Christine A. Smith for 10 years of faithful pastoral ministry. The celebration was held at the Marriott Cleveland East, 26300 Harvard Road, Warrensville Heights, Ohio 44122. The Keynote Speaker was The Reverend Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, President, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. The event was SOLD OUT!!!
Representatives from United Pastors in Mission, The Cleveland Baptist Association, The American Baptist Ministers Council, Ashland Theological Seminary, Women Together in Ministry of Greater Cleveland, Covenant Baptist Church and the Small/Smith Family all shared words of appreciation, respect and love for Pastor Chris' ministry work, leadership and Christian spirit. We were also joined by Minister Ramona Guadalupa, ABC Ministers Council representative and an ABC USA minister from Vermont. Minister Guadalupa served as the guest preacher at Covenant on Sunday, May 22nd, continuing the blessed Anniversary Celebration!
Event chairperson, Minister Kathryn R. Johnson, shared the following words...
"Vivacious, beautiful, confident, humble, loving, caring, brilliant, prophetic, discerning, hilarious,
hard-working, wise and Holy Spirit filled are but a few of the adjectives that come to mind when
trying to describe Pastor Chris. A wife to our hard-working, First Gentleman, Aristide Smith Jr.,
and mother to Aristide, III, Caleb and Aris, Pastor Chris lets each Covenant member know that
they are loved and prayed for. Each member can give a personal love story about their beloved
Pastor and how she has ministered to each one personally and profoundly."
The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr., Pastor Emeritus, Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, and Pastor of Pastor Chris also shared words of appreciation for her service as Minister of Christian Education at Olivet during his administration.
Pastor Chris has said the following regarding the event...
"My heart was truly overwhelmed by the outpouring of love in the room that night! I shall never forget ALL of the many blessings God has showered upon me not only on that night, but for God's faithfulness in carrying us through 10 years of pastoral ministry at Covenant Baptist Church. I am eternally grateful for those members that have remained a part of this ministry, prayed, fasted, supported, and "showed up" to see us through to the place we are today. It has not been easy. It has been a challenging 10 years for many reasons, but the Lord has kept us and will continue to bless us as we move toward all that God has in store for us!"
To view the 10th Pastoral Anniversary Program booklet, click here...
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Pastor Chris Smith