Bishop Walter Smith, Jr. is that pastor emeritus of New Horizon Baptist Church.   He graduated from Shawnee High School in Louisville, KY and earned a 4-year track/football scholarship to Arkansas AM&N (now University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff).  His college career was halted in 1968 as he was drafted into the United States Army spending time in south Korea.  After a two-year military tour Bishop Smith earned the rank of sergeant and soon returned to Arkansas to resume his academic career.  He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Education from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 1972.

On March 28, 1968 Bishop Smith married the former Pernilla Scott.  Walter and Pernilla are the proud parents of four children; Penny Gibbs (Donovan), Tiffany East (Sean), Theresa Wiggins (Kourtlyn) and Walter G. Smith (Marshae).  They also have ten grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Bishop Smith acknowledged his call to ministry Thanksgiving Day of 1981 at St. James Missionary Baptist Church under the pastorate of Rev. Allen Evans, Jr.  In January of 1983 Bishop Smith answered the call to join and serve a newly formed ministry called New Horizon Missionary Baptist Church founded and pastored by the late Rev. George E. Mahin.  Upon Rev. Mahin’s retirement Bishop Smith accepted the call to become New Horizon’s pastor in August of 1984.

Under the leadership of Bishop Smith New Horizon has grown tremendously.  In 1995, New Horizon became a part of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship and in 1999 he was consecrated as Bishop of the state of Kentucky, a role he occupied for fifteen years.

After 36 years of leading New Horizon Baptist Church Bishop Smith decided to retire and passed the mantle of leadership to one of his sons in ministry Rev. Ja’mel Armstrong.

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