MEET OUR PASTOR
On April 26, 1992 a humble, young and spirit filled David L. Smith preached his very first sermon as pastor of New Bethlehem Baptist Church. The Lord sent Pastor Smith, his wife Linda and his three daughters Tamara, Crystal and Jessica to the New Bethlehem family with a “Kingdom Building” vision.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish”, (Proverbs 29:18)
Pastor David L. Smith has been a faithful preacher of the gospel for more than 27 years. He is a true Houstonian and loves his community. He attended the College of Biblical Studies and has been awarded much recognition for his faithfulness such as “Gospel Monthly – 40 under 40 of Houston”, Honorary Sheriff from former Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia & City of Houston Resolutions from current Mayor Sylvester Turner and former Mayor Annise D. Parker, Congressman Gene Green, Former Senator Sylvia Garcia, State Representative Armando Walle along with other city councilman, state representatives and congressman.
He believes that there is only one God, one faith and one baptism. Through teaching the doctrine he allows every believer the opportunity to share an abundance of life; which includes unconditional love, immense wisdom and profound understanding.
Pastor Smith’s passion is to use his extraordinary gift of serving by assessing the immediate needs of his community. He then teaches the doctrine in a way that it is practical and applicable so that believers may become socially, economically and spiritually, independent. He’s a real motivator who encourages others to go above and beyond.
The New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church and Pastor Smith welcome new members to become part of a forever growing church so that they too can use their gifts and talents in a helping manner in order to develop themselves and others as it relates to the doctrine of Jesus Christ.
“God is doing two things in the world; He is saving souls and maturing saints. Through discipleship development you are able to become faithful, available and teachable in all areas of your life.”
~Pastor David L. Smith
& OUR FIRST LADY
Lady Linda Smith is a native of Smithfield, VA who surrendered her life to Christ and humbly serves his kingdom. She has been married to Pastor David L. Smith for 30+ years and is the proud mother to three lovely daughters and adores her four beautiful grandchildren.
For more than 27 years Mrs. Smith has communicated her passion for helping women of God through conferences, seminars, bible studies and retreats. She utilizes her gifts and talents in the areas of teaching, training and mentoring Christian women and young ladies. More specifically, she has taught and counseled women in the areas of praying, worshiping, confessing and repenting worldly sin while renewing the mind, and applying the Bible to their personal lives. Mrs. Smith offers assistance in managing time and finances by relating these subjects to and honoring the word of God.
“I believe that scriptures are without error and are the supreme standard by which all mankind should conduct their walk of life. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are identical in nature and are equal in power and glory. They have the same attributes and perfection.” ~Lady Linda Smith