Suffragan Bishop Norma V. Smith
District Elder Norma V. Smith, M.A. was born in Jamaica in 1942. She was born again at a United Pentecostal Church (U.P.C.) in Kingston, Jamaica in 1957. Sis. Smith went on to become one of the pioneer members of Calvary Temple U.P.C. in London, England, where she served as the Youth Director and played the piano. While residing in London, she met and married an American-born Air Force Officer, the late Dr. Harold David Smith, in 1970. The couple was later stationed in Zweibrücken, Germany, where they started a Servicemen Ministry, through which several souls were saved.
Thereafter, the Smiths were stationed in Washington, D.C. in 1971. It was there that their three children were born, while Sis. Norma Smith served as the youth president at the Way Back to Pentecost Church, and Dr. Smith served as the minister of music. Subsequently, the Air Force relocated them to Wichita Falls, TX, in 1976, where they initially worked in a U.P.C. church there.
In 1977, the couple also served in the ministry of Bishop George Austin, in Tuskegee, AL, while they were stationed in Montgomery, AL. Later, in Montgomery, they began a work there in their house. The late Bishop Francis Smith requested that a Crusade be held in Montgomery, since there was a work started there by the Smiths. During the Crusade, that ministry was immediately turned over to Bishop Leo Lewis, who proceeded to grow the church there, with the help of the Lord, by leaps and bounds.
In 1978, the family was stationed in San Antonio, TX where Evangelist Smith served as youth advisor, altar worker, evangelism outreach worker, and associate minister, under the leadership of the honorable Bishop William A. Ellis, at the Greater Lincoln Park Temple.
Upon Dr. Smith’s retirement from the Air Force in 1980, the Smith family relocated one last time to Chattanooga, TN, where Evangelist Norma Smith ultimately founded the Emmanuel Pentecostal Church, in 1984.
Pastor Smith holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a Master’s Degree in Church Ministries from the Church of God Theological Seminary, which is located in Cleveland, TN. Secularly, she served as an Instructor of Mathematics at Chattanooga State Community College until 1995, when she left her post to pursue full-time ministry.
Pastor Smith’s ministry has taken her across the United States, to Europe, to the West Indies and to Canada to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In 2011, Pastor Smith founded the Emmanuel Apostolic Holiness Church in Jamaica, where she is currently pastoring.
On December 6th, 2014, Pastor Norma V. Smith was elected and ordained as District Elder of the 30th Episcopal District of the Georgia State Council, Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. In June, 2019, Pastor Smith was elevated to Suffragan Bishop.
Pastor Smith attributes her overall ministerial success to the prayer warrior mentality she possesses and her unwavering burden for souls.