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Meet the Pastor

bishop-bioBishop Michael L. Smith is a native of Clinton, Louisiana born to Ida Mae Dunn and Charles Edward Smith Sr. He is the Senior Pastor and Founder of New Covenant Christian Center in Baker, Louisiana and Jericho International Ministries in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Bishop Smith received a 4 year scholarship to Delaware State University in 1991. Determined to attain his desired goal, Bishop Smith concluded his study at Delaware State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing. While aspiring to attain academic success at the University, Bishop Smith was an active representation of hope and optimism for many youth and young adults; faithfully serving as a Tutor Counselor, Child Mental Health Worker, and Big Brother in the community.

Nineteen Ninety-One (1991) was a benchmark year for Bishop Smith. He received an invitation from a friend to attend a church service. This one encounter with the presence of God led to his acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ and impartation of the gift of the Holy Spirit. Wholeheartedly devoted and passionate concerning the things of God, Bishop Smith heard the call of the Lord to ministry while under the leadership of Bishop Mary L. Alexander and Elder Austin Alexander of the 7th Day Holy Church of Deliverance in Dover, Delaware. Patiently anticipating the set timing of the Lord, he committed his time, gifts, talents, abilities and all other resources to several auxiliaries in the church such as: audio technician, prayer warrior, church choir, musician and trustee. While serving in all humility he was ordained and licensed as a Minister and Elder of the Lord’s church.

An entrepreneur, Bishop Smith operated his own art business for three (3) years; and worked in the insurance field for eight (8) years. While striving for economic achievement, his thirst for God increased and he sought tutelage and became a candidate for the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2002.

Auspiciously, Bishop Smith relocated to his home state of Louisiana in July 2003. Although transitioning, God began to deal with him concerning his ministry and where it would be located. While laboring fervently in prayer, he began to embrace the call and God given vision and on Wednesday October 1, 2003 Bishop Smith held his first Bible Study Meeting. The Lord demonstrated unmerited favor and affirmation of this mandate through the mantle that rests upon Bishop Smith for healing, deliverance and miracles. During the Bible Study Meetings as Bishop Smith promulgate the Word of God lives were saved, set- free, and transformed. God begin to multiply the number of people each meeting.

Because of the mantle that rests upon Bishop Smith’s life, God began to stretch him into new territory to birth a second location. On October 17, 2010 Jericho International Ministries came into fruition and held their first service at 230 Little John Blvd. Bishop Smith is a servant of God; and has a thirst and passion to see every soul transformed by the uncompromising, radical, straight forward way of teaching that God has placed upon his life to draw his people to hunger and thirst after righteousness.

Currently serving as the Senior Pastor at New Covenant Christian Center & Jericho International Ministries; Bishop Smith functions in many other capacities. On April 27, 2010; Bishop Smith was commissioned to serve as Chaplain for the City of Baker Police department. He is the founder and executive director of a non-profit organization, philanthropist, notable preacher, teacher, lecturer, prophet, counselor and mentor. In addition, Bishop Smith serves on the Mid-South Conference Board of International Pentecostal Holiness Church and he also assists with various projects for community non-profit organizations, outreaches and human development services.

On June 28, 2013 Bishop Smith was elevated and consecrated to the Holy office of Bishop in the Lord’s Church by which Kingdom Covenant Fellowship International Ministries was established were his episcopacy serves in the state of Louisiana. Bishop Smith is a member of the Joint College of African American Pentecostal Bishops under the leadership of Bishop Metropolitan Jesse Delano Ellis, II. D.D. Bishop Smith can be seen every Sunday on The Victory & Hope TV Broadcast and heard every Tuesday & Thursday on The Sound of Praise Radio Broadcast.

With an apostolic anointing, Bishop Smith also yields much of his time in ministry to birth out leaders and equip the body of Christ for end time warfare. Although required to give much, Bishop Smith is adamant about maintaining a balanced life and productive progression. With a desire to see every believer walking in the center of God’s will for their life, Bishop Smith is passionate about reaching all people. Through revelatory preaching and teaching God uses Bishop Smith to birth supernatural miracles and healings during services. As a young man embodying the Wisdom of Solomon, patience of Job, radical praise of the psalmist David, and a mantle liken unto that of the Prophet Elijah, Bishop Smith is that earthen vessel filled with treasures from the Lord.

Bishop Smith is married to Lady Dionne Smith and they have a daughter Victoria and son Michael II.

As Bishop Smith continues to strive for Spiritual Excellence, he will always believe with God all things are possible. He attributes all his accomplishments to God…stating…”But by the Grace of God, I am What I am:”…I Corinthians 15:10

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