Kevin Wesley Earley, Senior Pastor

Dr. Kevin Wesley Earley is a native of Chicago, Illinois. He is an ordained minister of the Church of God Reformation Movement. He became the pastor of the Community Church of God in Atlanta, Georgia on October 1, 2020. Previously he served the historic Metropolitan Church of God in Detroit, Michigan for seventeen years.

Born in 1978, Rev. Earley is the son of the late Rita J. Williams, and the grandson of the late Rev. Van Cornelous, Sr., who pastored the First Church of God in Harvey, IL. At the age of nine, he asked his mother, “What do I have to do to be saved?” and that evening – in the family living room – he received Christ as his Lord and Savior. He continued his childhood under the leadership of the late Dr. Marcus H. Morgan of Chicago, IL.

Pastor Earley obtained his bachelor’s degree in Management and Quantitative Methods from Illinois State University in 2000. With the guidance of his pastor at the time, Dr. E. Raymond Chin, he enrolled in Anderson University’s School of Theology, where he received his Master of Divinity degree in 2003.

Rev. Earley graduated from the School of Theology a second time with a Doctor of Ministry degree in May of 2008. In October of 2013, a component of his dissertation, A Strategy to Transform the Lay Members of the Metropolitan Church of God into Ministers, was published by Warner Press as Every-Member Ministry: Spiritual Gifts and God’s Design For Service.

He has formerly served on the boards for the Detroit Branch NAACP, Urban League of Southeast Michigan, and the Church of God in Michigan. He has also ministered within the National Association of the Church of God as the president of the National Inspirational Youth Convention and rose to the rank of Commander Chaplain for the Detroit Police Department Chaplain Corp. Dr. Earley currently serves on the board of directors for Anderson University and is a member of the Berean Fellowship, led by Bishop Timothy J. Clarke.

An ardent fan of the Chicago Bears, Dr. Earley and his lovely wife Precious Ann have been graced with three lovely children Kevin Wesley, Jr.; Kaleb Van; and Ky Elise.

Pastors & First Lady

Precious A. Earley, First Lady

Resilient, gifted, and worshipper are three words that describe First Lady Precious Earley. A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Precious studied Broadcast News Journalism at Ball State University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree just months after marrying her childhood friend, Rev. Dr. Kevin W. Earley, in 2003.

Serving alongside her husband, she is most distinctly seen leading God's people into the presence of God through song, but her acts of worship do not stop there. Precious serves as Director of Worship Arts and the Director of the Ministry of Communications and Media (MOCAM) at Metropolitan Church of God in Detroit, Michigan where she shares information, ensuring consistent messaging that supports the mission.

Professionally, Precious' expertise is in the field of marketing and communications. She holds a Master of Science degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from the P.I. Reed School of Journalism at West Virginia University and she oversees social media content and engagement at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan.

Precious is passionate about using the knowledge and experience she has gained secularly to advance the Kingdom of God. When God inspired Precious to merge her professional track with her gifting in 2015, she launched Chirp, LLC an independent marketing and communications consulting firm that specializes in creating solutions for non-profit, Christian faith-based institutions. When consulting, Precious has one goal in mind, to make God look good. From 2016-2019, she served as the Director of Marketing & Communications for the National Inspirational Youth Convention (NIYC).

Birthing three children in less than one year is one of her most treasured experiences. Precious and her husband have been graced to parent Kevin Wesley, Jr. and twins, Kaleb Van and Ky Elise.

Michael A. Smith, Pastor Emeritus

Rev. Michael Allan Smith, a native of Atlanta, GA, answered the call to ministry in 1977. He graduated from Morehouse College with a B.A. in Business Administration and a minor in music, and the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) with a M.Div. degree in Pastoral Care and Christian Education. In 1995 the Southern California School of Ministry conferred upon him the Doctor of Divinity degree.

Pastor Michael’s pastoral experience includes three congregations: Cove Road Church of God in Lafayette, GA (1980-1985), Cedar Avenue Church of God in Sharon, PA (1985-1998), and Community Church of God in Atlanta, GA (1998-present). Currently, Pastor Michael serves as the Presiding Elder of the Georgia Fellowship of the Church of God.

Under Pastor Michael’s leadership, Community Church continues to impact people’s lives by ministering to the real needs of our community and beyond through partnerships with Remerge Ministry, Community Concerns Inc. and continuous support to ministries in Haiti and Kenya, East Africa.

Pastor Michael is married to Rev. Felecia Pearson Smith and they are the parents of two adult children, Allan Rudolph (Vignette) and Allyson Felecia Smith and ecstatic grandparents of Allan Vincent.

Rudolph Smith, Pastor Emeritus

A 1948 honors graduate from Booker T. Washington H.S. in Atlanta, Rev. Rudolph Smith attended Morehouse College for two years before marrying his high school sweetheart Edna. He then deferred his college education to work with his father as a cement mason so he could support his family.

Answering the call to ministry in 1949 after attending the West Middlesex Campmeeting in PA, he was ordained by the Georgia Ministerial Association of the Church of God in Wadley, GA in 1954. He returned to college and graduated from Morris Brown College in 1961. Continuing his education at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC), Pastor Emeritus completed his studies in 1964. He had the distinct honor of graduating from both institutions with the highest honor of magna cum laude.

Following graduation from seminary, he taught high school English for 10 years in the Atlanta Public School System, a position he resigned to become full time pastor of Community Church of God, a church he planted in 1966 and pastored for 32 years until he retired from the pastoral ministry in 1998. Upon his retirement, he was bestowed the title of Pastor Emeritus of Community Church of God, and is affectionately called “Pastor E” by the congregants.

Recognized as a gifted teacher and expositor of the Bible, he received two honorary doctorates in 1991: the Doctor of Divinity from Warner Southern College in February and the Doctor of Humane Letters from Anderson University in June.

For 69 years he has been married to his beloved wife, Edna, and they have traveled extensively around the world, touring all 50 states and six continents. They have two children, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.