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Rev. E. Dewey Smith, Jr. Earns Doctoral
Degree from United Theological Seminary

by Deborah E. Dennard

Dr Booth Gives Sermon at Graduation
2013 © GTRBC Photo credit Marcus Ingram

Rev. E. Dewey Smith, Jr., pastor of Greater Traveler's Rest Baptist Church of Decatur, Georgia, was officially hooded Sunday, December 16, 2012, at his church along with fourteen other candidates for the degree of doctor of ministry. The graduation ceremony took place at Greater Traveler's Rest. Dr. Charles E. Booth, pastor of Mount Olivet Baptist Church of Columbus, Ohio, brought the sermon. The topic of Dr. E. Dewey Smith, Jr.'s dissertation is Prophetic Preaching: A Model of Male Transformation Ministry at The Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church of Decatur, Georgia. He holds two other degrees: his Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from Morehouse College of Atlanta, and his Master of Science degree from Southern Christian University in Montgomery, Alabama.

Dr. Smith has been on the fast track since his teens when he began preaching. His pastoral ministry began at age 19 where he was pastor of Beulahland Bible Church in Macon, Georgia. During his tenure there, the membership grew from 48 members to over 3,000 people in 13 years. In addition, under Smith's leadership, the church moved to its present location, established First Step Daycare Learning Center, and the Beulahland Community Development Center.

March 3, 2013, marks the ninth year anniversary of Dr. Smith's ministry at Greater Traveler's Rest Baptist Church. Since January 2004, the church has experienced phenomenal growth with its membership growing from 1,200 to more than 9,200 members presently. Under his administration, the church has acquired a 60 acre, seven building campus featuring a 7,000 seat cathedral.

Smith being hooded while his wife, Andrea and son Kamari looks on His other son Kylen is hidden behind the man’s arm.
2013 © GTRBC Photo credit Marcus Ingram

Dr. Smith has been featured on CNN, has published articles in The African American Pulpit Journal, and is the author of Maximizing Your Membership book and workbook. Additionally, anyone who knows him is aware of his anointed vocal abilities. His latest CD, "Live at the Cathedral," can be found on iTunes,, or the church's website.

Later this month, March 29, 2013 at 7:00 p.m., Dr. Smith and his congregation will do a live taping for TBN. Greater Traveler's Rest Baptist Church has worship services every Sunday at 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Services can be viewed online at

Dr. Smith is the husband of the former Andrea Fambro, the father of two sons, Kamari and Kylen, the son of Dr. Eddie D. Smith, Sr. of Macedonia Baptist Church of Macon, Georgia, and Verlene Smith and brother of Charlitha, Edwanna, Corey, and the late Alvy Smith.

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Rev. E. Dewey Smith, Jr.