Rhonda J. Smith
Wife, mother, minister, teacher, writer, speaker, friend are the terms most associated with me. I know each is a calling and take them seriously. I am dedicated to marriage, ministry and motherhood, and I am overjoyed to see people walking in what they were born to do. One of my chief aims is to see women walk in the freedom of Christ and make no apologies for doing so. I love eating ethnic foods, reading, and listening to jazz and spoken word poetry.
Long (Formal) Version
Rhonda J. Smith first joined a Christian church more than 20 years ago, but she did not confess Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior until 1995. Since that time, she has recognized the need to not just be involved in church activity but to use her gifts and talents to edify the Body of Christ, particularly women. To that end, Rhonda has applied her professional communications background to teach teen girls and women at church; speak at various ministry functions; write and edit newsletters for Christian ministries; and teach public speaking workshops. One workshop, which she also helped design, was SMILE (Successfully Making Instructional Learning Enjoyable and Effective), a train the trainer session for Christian author Rebecca Osaigbovo’s Chosen Vessels™ Ministries. Her latest ventures are this blog, where she discusses her personal conflict of wanting to be a self-made superwoman yet still desiring to surrender her will to God, and the parenting columnist for EEW Magazine, the premier online publication for Christian women of color.
She is married to Pastor Flynn Andre Smith, and they have three sons, Joshua, Nathaniel and Justus. Together they attend Evangel Ministries in Detroit, where he is the pastor of Christian Education and teaches in the church’s Detroit Bible Institute and she is an integral part of Women of Purpose, the women’s ministry. She serves in the discipleship ministry, and as an advisor to her church’s women’s pastor. In 2007 she was licensed as a minister, where she serves at the behest of her senior pastor, Christopher W. Brooks, and alongside the women’s pastor in leading the women of the church.
A past full-time speech instructor at Wayne County Community College District in Detroit, where she was also the communications coordinator, Rhonda is a full-time homemaker and journalist. She has written for a number of outlets, including DaySpring’s (in)courage blog, The Detroit News, Newsday (New York), Chicago Tribune, Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and Charisma Magazine. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in communication, both from Wayne State University, Detroit. She and her family reside in Detroit.