BISHOP CHRISTOPHER C. SMITH
Bishop Christopher C. Smith serves as the Senior Pastor for New Birth Church in Pittsburg & Oakland California. Bishop Smith studied for the ministry and served in various ministry positions at Oakland Christian Center in Oakland, California from 1991-1994. He was ordained as a minister of the gospel in 1993. In 1994, he became an Assistant Pastor of Oakland Christian Center. On July 4, 1999, Pastor Smith was installed as the Senior Pastor of Ambassador Christian Fellowship located in Concord, California where he served for four years. During that time the membership grew from 15 to over 150 members.
In December of 2003, by divine appointment orchestrated by God, Bishop Smith was connected to Bishop Eddie L. Long and the relationship between father and son began. In 2004, God directed Bishop Smith to come under the covering of New Birth Church in Lithonia, Georgia, where Bishop Eddie L. Long presides as the Bishop. As a result of this divine merger and the leadership of Bishop Smith, New Birth grew to over 800 members. In July of 2008, in another divine appointment, New Birth completed the unification of its ministries with those of Changed Life Church in Pittsburg and its Spanish Church of 150 members, now called New Birth Latino. With this synergistic move, another 700 members were added for a combined multicultural church of 1500 members.
A man of vision, fulfilling his vision, in obedience to the Holy Spirit, Bishop Smith is thoroughly convinced that God has called New Birth to “seek and save that which was lost”. God has instructed him to tear down denominational and racial barriers, building a multicultural church for the Kingdom of God.
Bishop Smith is known for his practical approach to the Bible, and has encouraged thousands to pursue a personal relationship with God. At New Birth we think of our church as a community of breakthrough believers with a worldwide vision that is aimed at reaching the lost, strengthening families and going beyond the walls of the church to advance the Kingdom. We are bringing in the bound, the oppressed, and the brokenhearted. We are committed to making disciples, training and raising up leaders that will impact our communities, and the world for generations to come. When Bishop Smith ministers, one realizes it is truly possible to experience the manifested presence of God. As a result, lives are being transformed by the anointed Word of God.
In 2005, Bishop Smith founded In Him Embassy Ministries, which is a world wide ministry aimed at teaching, equipping and raising leaders that will impact the world with the Kingdom message. Bishop C. Carl Smith and First Lady Adrienne Smith are the proud parents of three daughters: Sylvia, Sarah and Crystal.