Bishop Walter Smith Jr.

Bishop Walter Smith, Jr.

Pastor Emeritus

Bishop Walter Smith, Jr. is the pastor emeritus of the New Horizon Baptist Church in Louisville, KY.

he acknowledged his call to ministry on TYhanksgivign Day in 1981 at the St. James Missionary Baptist Church under the pastorate of Rev. Allen Evans, Jr.  Prior to his call he served as a deacon, superintendent, Sunday School teacher and president od the Pastor’s choir.

On the first Sunday in January 1983, Walter Smith Jr. joined the New Horizon Missionary Baptist Church and worked diligently by the side of the founding pastor the late Rev. George E. Mahin.  Bishop Smith was ordained to the work of the gospel ministry by the authority of the New Horizon Missionary Baptist Church in June 1984, during the pastorate of the late Rev. George E. Mahin.

On the first Sunday in August 1984, Rev. Walter Smith, Jr. became the pastor of New Horizon Missionary Baptist Church upon the resignation of Rev. Mahin.  In 1995, New Horizon Missionary became a part of the Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship and pastor Smith was appointed Overseer of the State of Kentucky.  On November 12th, 1999 he was consecrated as Bishop of the State of Kentucky and actively served in that role for fifteen years.

Bishop Smith is married to the former Pernilla Scott and from their union, they have four adult children, eleven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Bishop Walter Smith, Jr. retired as pastor of New Horizon at the close of 2020.

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