Rev. Kevin M. Smith has been installed as the new Senior Pastor of New City Fellowship Church, succeeding founding Pastor Randy Nabors. Pastor Kevin and his family have moved to Glenwood and will begin preaching on Sunday.
New City Fellowship started as a Sunday School for poor children in a two bedroom apartment at Third and Cherry streets in 1968 and has grown to close to 1,000 worshippers each Sunday at its Glenwood and East Lake sites.
Kevin Smith is a native of West Philadelphia, Pa. attended Penn State University and graduated from Temple University with a BS degree. He met his wife Sandra at Temple, and they were married in 1987 during Kevin’s senior year. They have four daughters: Tesia, Bethany, Chara, and Joanna.
Mr. Smith has worked as a therapeutic recreation specialist on clinical psychiatric teams in psychiatric units and hospitals in Philadelphia. Kevin worked part-time as a pastoral intern at Tenth Presbyterian Church where Dr. James Montgomery Boice had a tremendous impact on his life and ministry. Mr. Smith began his theological studies at Westminster Theological Seminary through the Center for Urban Theological Studies.
The Smiths moved to the Washington D.C. area in 1994, at the request of the Potomac Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America, where he finished his studies at Chesapeake Theological Seminary receiving a Masters in Theological Studies. He and his wife planted what became Mt. Zion Covenant Church in 1998 in Bowie, Maryland, a suburb of Washington D.C.
In December 2005 Pastor Smith accepted the call to Miami, Fla., to be the senior pastor of Pinelands Presbyterian Church, a multi-ethnic and multi-class church with many members coming from the Caribbean Islands and Latin America. He was installed this June as the new senior pastor of New City Fellowship.
Pastor Smith has been the featured speaker at many retreats, mission conferences, and chapel services, including Covenant College last fall. He has served on the board of Florida Christian School in Miami where his wife taught second grade. He has also served on the Reformed University Fellowship committee for the state of Florida.
New City’s vision is to be a cross-cultural worshipping community, centered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, producing discipled believers who become God's instruments of grace, justice, and mercy. New City joyfully worships at 8:30 and 11 a.m. every Sunday at 2424 East Third Street in the Glenwood community of Chattanooga.