Reverend David L. Smith is the son of Annie Ruth McDuffie and the late David Junior Smith from Dillon, South Carolina. He is the husband of Natalie Bizzell Smith and the father of four; Amanda, Morgan, Phillip and David II, and grandpa of two; Lillian Elizabeth and Maya Alexandria Perkins. Reverend Smith and his family joined Union Missionary Baptist Church in Jacksonville, NC in 2004. During his tenure, he served as drummer for various choirs and worked in the Youth Missionary Department.
In August 2008, he and his family relocated to Virginia Beach, Virginia where they attended Piney Grove Baptist Church under the direction of Dr. Todd C. Davidson, Senior Pastor. He played an active role in Children’s Church services for boys ages 9-12, Usher Ministry, Men of Faith, and Marriage Ministry. He and his family relocated to Jacksonville, North Carolina in August 2011 where he continued his service with the Union Missionary Baptist Church under the direction of Dr. Larry D. Walston, Senior Pastor. In April 2012, Reverend Smith received his license to preach and served as Youth Minister. In November 2016, Reverend Smith was ordained with the Trent River Oakey Grove Missionary Baptist Association in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
In December 2017, Reverend Smith began working with Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church to assist them with preaching and teaching the Word of God. In January 2018, the elders of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church elected Reverend Smith to serve as Pastor of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church.
Reverend Smith earned an Associate of Arts Degree and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He also earned a Master of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies from The University of North Carolina Wilmington in Wilmington, North Carolina. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Practical Theology from Regent University.
Reverend Smith is not only committed to learning more about God, but believes people of all ages have a responsibility to develop their relationships with God, their characters, and their families. He also believes the church has a responsibility to provide a solid Christian foundation for its youth and young adult populations and prepare them to represent Christ in everything they do.
Reverend Smith enjoys serving God’s people, spending time with his family, running, bowling, and sports. His favorite Scripture is John 1:46, which states, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see."