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Our Pastor

A servant leader, helping the community achieve wholeness

Rev. Stephen D. Smith,

is the pastor of Mt. Hermon and Portland respectively. Pastor Smith has labored to lead both churches in a closer relationship with God. He will tell you that it is not easy getting people to abandon their hopes and dreams for a more reliant life on God.  Hear Pastor Smith Preach.


He has served the Mt. Hermon family for the past 25 years and at Portland for 5.  Pastor Smith has a heart and passion for the people of God. Pastor Smith has led the people of God to be more sensitive to the needs and climate of our community. He’s community minded. Under his leadership the church has work on such projects as housing, business development, literacy, economic development, and drug and crime prevention. Pastor Smith believes we are our best resource.

Pastor Smith has worked with many local groups to restore the value to people and community throughout Metro Louisville. He is there when called upon to aid and assist our people and community. He believes we will recapture the community pride once held by our people.


Pastor Stephen &

Lady Odessa Smith

Pastor Smith's Professional Life as A Life-giving Servant

Pastor Smith earned an Undergraduate Degree in Business, and has also obtained Master's Degrees in Theology and Counseling. In addition, Pastor Smith served as an Adjunct Professor and Chaplain at Campbellsville University. He has also served as a Health Care Chaplain at Baptist East Hospital, University Hospital, Christopher East Health Care Center as well as a Chaplain at Roederer Correctional facility in LaGrange KY.

Pastor Smith, A Dedicated and Loving Husband & Father

Pastor Smith is married to the lovely Sis. Odessa. They are the proud parents of five adult children; Stephanie, Yauka, Denielle, Brandon, & Arthur. They also have five grandchildren. He continues to lead his flock in a closer relationship with God. He preaches that we can do more with the help and power of God. Pastor Smith always says,


“Eyes have not seen, ears have not heard, nor has it entered into the minds (hearts) of people yet what God has prepared for those who love and follow Him.”

(I Cor 2:9)

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