Michael A. Smith, Lead Pastor

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.

Felecia Pearson Smith, Executive Pastor

Reverend Felecia Pearson Smith has established herself as a speaker, instructor, scholar and community servant. Reverend Smith also facilitates women’s conferences and preaches on a local and national level. In addition, she has dedicated herself to full-time ministry with her husband, Pastor Michael A. Smith. She serves as the Executive Pastor of Community Church.

Reverend Smith has a legacy of outstanding accomplishments. As an Atlanta, Georgia native, she graduated from Wesleyan College, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion. Following graduation, she entered the Candler School of Theology at Emory University where she earned a Master of Divinity. In 2005, she was honored by the Program of Black Church Studies at Emory University for being the first African American woman graduate of the School of Theology. Licensed in 1977, she was also ordained in 1985 by the Georgia Ministerial Assembly of the Church of God, Anderson, Indiana.

Reverend Smith is known to be a distinct woman of great character, integrity, and grace. She believes her accomplishments were achieved with strength, balance, and faith, and that “God who began a good work in you will bring it to completion through Christ Jesus”.

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 66 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.