Dr. E. Dewey Smith, Jr. is the Senior Pastor/Teacher of The House of Hope Atlanta (Greater Travelers Rest) located in Decatur, Ga. Prior to moving to metro Atlanta, he served as Senior Pastor of the Beulahland Bible Church in Macon, Ga.
A native of Macon, Dr. Smith received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from Morehouse College in Atlanta,Ga. He matriculated at Morehouse School of Religion - The Interdenominational Theological Center - Atlanta, Ga. and received his Master of Science degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude, from Southern Christian University, Montgomery, Al. Smith earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He was inducted into the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College as a Distinguished Preacher.
Pastor Smith commenced his preaching ministry at the tender age of 17 and his pastoral ministry at 19. God has highly favored him by allowing explosive growth and outreach to accompany his ministry. His first congregation grew from 48 to over 3,000 people in 13 years. After faithfully serving at Beulahland, God elevated him to become the Senior Pastor/Teacher of The House of Hope Atlanta. Since the commencement of his pastorate at The House of Hope Atlanta in January 2004, the church's membership roll has grown from a few hundred to more than 11,000--with an average weekend attendance of 7,000 people. During the first five years of his tenure at The House of Hope Atlanta, the church was blessed to acquire a 60 acre, seven building (480,000 total square feet) campus--featuring a 7,000 seat Neo-Gothic Cathedral--all for the glory of God.