Dr. Donald Smith Jr. is new pastor at Evening Light Gospel Tabernacle
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Don and Deb Smith
Don and Deb Smith
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Evening Light Gospel Tabernacle is welcoming its new pastor, Dr. Donald E. Smith Jr., and his wife of 35 years, Deborah.

Smith was born in Cleveland.

He is the executive director of Hearts Set Free, a ministry to those dealing with relational brokenness and childhood abuse. He also serves as a chaplain at SkyRidge Medical Center.

Smith has served as pastor for five congregations, three of which he started, in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia.

He has served in many areas in the church. He was a Sunday school teacher at age 16. He has also served as minister of music, youth and Christian Education.

He has directed statewide mass choirs for camp meetings and tent revivals. He has also served as a district youth director.

Since his return to Cleveland, Smith has led the Thursday men’s noon prayer at North Cleveland Church of God. He has been teaching an adult Sunday school class at Peerless Road Church for the past two years.

Smith said his “passion is to train young ministers, encourage and empower men to fulfill their calling as spiritual leaders who love their wives and children; and to promote men’s ministry in the local church.

Smith said he “sees a generation being raised in this country without God, or the leading of the Holy Spirit.

“My desire is to touch this generation with the Gospel, presented in a relevant manner; not necessarily inside the four walls of a church building,” he said.

Evening Light Gospel Tabernacle has been serving the local community for almost 75 years. The church is located at 200 20th St.

Services are at 10 a.m. Sunday for Sunday school; 11 a.m. for morning worship; 6 for Sunday evening worship; and 6 p.m. on Wednesday.