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Pastor Floyd Smith Celebrates 30 Years of Service to Calvary

Sojourner’s Truth Staff

On Friday, April 5, congregants, friends and family gathered at the Parkway Place to congratulate and celebrate the 30 years of service and leadership Pastor Floyd Smith, Jr. has given to Calvary Baptist Church.

While Smith has been the pastor of Calvary Baptist for 30 years, that is just a fraction of his long-time association with the church. Calvary was, in fact, the Toledo native’s childhood church and where he began his life’s work in the ministry under the guidance of the late Rev. R.H. Newsome, former pastor of Calvary.

Smith was licensed in 1973 and ordained in 1974. He began formal bible training in 1982 at the American Baptist College in Nashville, Tennessee where he majored in Bible and theology and received his bachelor of arts degree in 1986.

Bishop Duane Tisdale, Pastor Floyd Smith, Rev. B. Lamont Monford, Sr.

Pastor Floyd Smith, Robin Wilson, Frances Ester, Charles Estr

Smith was called to pastor his first church while still a student at American Baptist College – his first pastoral home was Big Walnut Grove Baptist Church in Pembroke, Kentucky. He returned to his hometown, Toledo, in 1986.

Upon his return, Smith joined the Ohio Department of Youth Services as a counselor for at-risk youth who had been involved with the criminal justice system; he also rejoined Calvary in the role of director of the Youth Department, a position he retained until he became pastor in 1989 – 30 years ago.

In addition to his current pastoral duties, Smith also serves as the first vice president moderator of the Northwestern Ohio Missionary Baptist Association locally and on the state level; he is an instructor for the American Baptist Theological Seminary, Toledo extension program and the Northwestern District Congress of Christian Education.

Smith is the father of daughter Kimberly Yvonne, son Floyd III, son Brandon and daughter Beverly Michelle.

This past weekend’s celebration opened with music by C.J. Manning and a processional of the speakers and special guests. Bishop Duane Tisdale, pastor of Friendship Baptist, was the master of ceremonies.

After dinner, Chris Byrd of the Worship Center presented a musical selection and reflections were offered by Rev. B. Lamont Monford, moderator of the Northwestern Ohio Missionary Baptist Association, Inc; by Otha Gilyard, president of the Ohio Baptist General Convention and by Sheryl Riggs of Dale-Riggs Funeral Home.

Bishop Clifton T. Jones, Jr., pastor of Agape Love Ministries, Sandusky, OH, was the evening’s guest speaker.




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