Mark A. Smith Sr.
Mark A. Smith Sr., is originally from Des Moines, Iowa where his home church was Bethel A.M.E. Having actively participated in the Young People’s Division (YPD) of the WMS, the “Youth Choir, Sunday School Mark accepted the call into the ministry at the age of 19 and was ordained an was ordained an Itinerant Elder of the Kansas Nebraska Conference now known as the “Midwest Conference” of the 5th Episcopal District by Bishop Vinton R. Anderson.
Pastor Mark has years of pastoral experience since accepting the call into pastoral ministry:
- Wayman Chapel – Fort Scott, KS Bethel – Leavenworth KS
- Ebenezer – St. Joseph, MO St. Paul - Wichita, KS
- St. Paul – Kansas City, KS Brookins – Oakland, CA
- Allen Chapel – Kansas City, MO
Pastor Mark as he likes to be addressed, has prepared himself for ministry by receiving a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, a minor in Political Science from Lincoln University, Jefferson City, MO; and a Master of Divinity degree in Biblical Studies, and a Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Theology, Trinity Theological Seminary.
Pastor Smith has served as a member on the board of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Membership Committee Chair of the Executive Committee of Interfaith Ministries, Secretary of the W. G. Williams Community Foundation Inc., and currently is an active member of the Board of Examiners, Chairman of the Board of Trustee’s, Assistant Treasure, of the Midwest Annual Conference and has been elected to serve three times as a delegate to the General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (2008, 2012 & 2016).
He is the newly assigned pastor of Bethel AME of Kansas City, Mo. Pastor Smith is dedicated to his calling and is fully committed to the work of ministry, and continually encourages others to move from membership to discipleship.
Pastor Smith is the proud parent of three children, Josine, Mark II, and Shawn and two grandchildren, Vaughn and Jeihlon.