Elder Donnell Smith, a servant of Jesus Christ
In September of 1991, Elder Donnell Smith was appointed as Pastor of the Emmanuel Church of God In Christ. Since that time, he has poured himself into his community by sharing the Christian Faith within the Southeast corridor of Washington, DC. He has helped to inspire the Emmanuel congregation to fulfill their role in the Great Commission, and has served faithfully as minister to the institutionalized, the homebound, the hungry and homeless. Under his leadership, the Emmanuel Church has been graced to become a more resourceful presence in the community.
Pastor Smith has been recognized by the Government of the District of Columbia for his dedicated service to incarcerated citizens and their families. He and Emmanuel Church have hosted community outreach initiatives in collaboration with the DC Metropolitan Police Department, to help reduce the flow of crime activity, and to provide an inspirational presence for local residents. Pastor Smith has served as a partner with the East of the River Clergy & Police Community Partnership, which helps to redirect at-risk youth from violence. From 2011-2013, he served as an elected Co-Convener for the Servant Leaders Community Fellowship (formally known as the Southeast Ministers Alliance). He is also a supporting member of the Southeast D.C. Partners Community Fellowship, which is an urban / suburban partnership that provides safe activity for youth, and constructive assistance to adults in need.
By God's grace, he and the Emmanuel congregation successfully refurbished and made renovations to their Heritage location in Ward eight of the Southeast Community, where the Church was blessed to retire their mortgage debt eight years early, and continued to operate as a debt-free Ministry. The congregation began to grow in a manner which made it necessary to obtain a larger place of worship. After much prayer and fasting to obtain further direction, The Lord led Pastor Smith to a new place of worship which the Holy Spirit had described to him in some detail. In September of 2003, the Emmanuel congregation was blessed to purchase their present and beautiful Sanctuary located at 2600 Minnesota Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.
In 2009, his first book entitled: "Miracles In Slow Motion " was published. In 2010, he co-produced a short film documentary entitled: "A Place Where You Can Start-Over". In 2011, he was invited to serve as a member of the Resolution Committee for the General Assembly of the Church of God In Christ. In 2012, he was blessed to release a very uplifting solo music recording entitled: "Life After The Storm", while friends & supporters anticipate his next book under the same title in the very near future. In 2013, he was appointed as East Coast Regional Chairman for the General Council of Pastors and Elders of the Church of God In Christ, and he continues to serve in this capacity. In 2014, he was blessed to establish Emmanuel Community Development Corporation public charity. Pastor Smith is graced to be consistent with a genuine love for Ministry. For the past ten years, he was graced with the distinction of serving as a prayerful, positive and peaceful Chairman of the Washington, D.C. Jurisdiction, Council of Pastors and Elders, where he encouraged his fellow ministers to do the same.
He and the Emmanuel congregation have been blessed with many other accomplishments in the ministry which The Lord has assigned to them, and together they are certain that "The Best Is Yet To Come". Pastor Smith is the dedicated and faithful husband of Mrs. Betty J. Smith.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY!