Greater New Zion Baptist Church

"Welcomes" the newly installed

Bishop Lionel W. Smith as our Pastor and Shepherd. Bishop Smith loves the Lord and trusts in His Word.

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     Bishop Lionel W. Smith is a Minister of the gospel working for the advancement of the kingdom of God, and a vibrant member of the community.

     Bishop is married to the lovely First Lady Doreen Smith and together they have 6 children and 13 grandchildren of whom are living in the United States and abroad.

     Bishop Smith served in the U.S. Army from 1966-1968. As a Communication Expert in Viet Nam he held a high security clearance and received the Army Commendation Medal and the Purple heart for his dedicated service to our country.

     Bishop Smith was licensed to preach the gospel in 1979 at the Hollywood Baptist Church of Christ under the Reverend Andy C. Lewter. He served as an Associate Minister at Hollywood held positions as Deacon, Gospel Chorus President, Communications Specialist, and member of the Brotherhood.

     In 1980, Bishop was ordained. He organized and founded the Faith Missionary Baptist Church which was chartered by the Eastern Baptist Association. The Bishop is also the former Moderator of the Long Island Progressive Missionary Baptist Churches General Association (three consecutive terms). During his tenure he was responsible for establishing the Long Island Progressive Bible College and bringing an International component to the Association.

     In 2014, Bishop Smith was elevated to Chief Prelate of the True Foundation Ministries International Reformation, affiliated with Greater Friendship Assemblies under Chief prelate/Chief Apostle Dr. Mitchell H. Hudson.

     Bishop Smith preaches the Gospel across the United States and Internationally. He has provided spiritual leadership and guidance to his congregation. He provides council to the sons and daughters in ministry who have gone on to pastor their own congregations. For 36 years, Pastor Smith labored in the vineyard at Faith Missionary Baptist Church, Huntington Station, NY.

     In April 2017, after relocating to Asheville, NC, Bishop Smith was called to pastor Greater New Zion Baptist Church and was officially installed as the Senior Pastor on July 22, 2017. 

     Be assured that Bishop Lionel Smith loves the Lord and trusts in His Word!


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Deacon Board

"Deacons who serve well "obtain for themselves a good standing and great boldness in the faith" (I Timothy 3:13).

Chairman - Deacon James Featherstone, Vice Chairman - Deacon Edward Garner, Jr.,

Deacon Charles Thompson, Deacon Otis Suber,

Deacon Robert Gilliand, Deacon Walter Mills, Deacon Greg Williams

Deaconess Board

Chairperson - Deaconess Cora Robinson, Deaconess Barbara Smith, Deaconess Vickie Featherstone, 

Deaconess Betty Garner, Deaconess Josie Gilliand, Deaconess Marvinia Suber, Deaconess Frances Mills

Board of Trustees

"Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established." (Proverbs 16:3)

Chairperson - Betty Garner, Vice Chairperson - Marvina Suber, Secretary - Vickie Featherstone,

Josie Gilliand, Luretta Briggs, Kim Smith, Frances Mills

Budget and Finance Committee

"But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully

shall reap also bountifully." (2 Corinthians 9:6)

Chairperson - Luretta Briggs, Vice Chairperson - Robert Gilliand, Secretary - Erika Brown, James Featherstone,

Katherine Mills, Wanda Ruiz Padilla, Elecia Ward, Verdine Reece, Donovan Reece,

Linnon McCain, Willa Boswell, Sandra Suber, Bernard Underwood, Sr.

Business Manager And Treasurer

"For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God..."

Business Manager and Treasurer - Betty Garne

Music Department

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth; make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. (Psalms 98:4)

Minister of Music & Keyboard - Elder Damion McDay; Drummer - Ancil  Edmonds

Co-Youth Choir Directors - Stephanie Mitchell and Doris Williams

Senior Usher Board

"For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God,

than to dwell in the tents of wickedness." (Psalm 84:10)

Chairperson - Cora Robinson, Ken Whitaker, Shawn Jake Jacobs, Erika Brown, Elecia Ward

Junior Usher Board

"Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he old, he will not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6)

Robbie Gilliand, Jr., Aubrey Brown, Isaiah Williams, Solomon Williams,

Jabari Rhymes, Jasmine Banks, Jabril Rhymes

Building and Grounds 

Director - Charles Thompson, Assistant Director - Edward Garner, Jr., Ken Whitaker, Linnon McClain


Director - Edward Garner, Jr., Assistant Director - Otis Suber

Community  Service

Director - Edward Garner, Jr., Assistant DirectorService - Otis Suber

Mothers of the Church

Mother Elnora Lynch

Mother Rosa Sirmons

Mother Beulah Summey

Mother Azalee Davidson

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Chairperson - Frances Mills

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Chairperson - Marvinia Suber

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