About Our Pastor
REVEREND HENRY K. SMITH JR., B.A., M.A.
A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Rev. Henry K. Smith Jr., received his
B.A. and M.A. degrees at Emmanuel Bible Seminary and College. He further
matriculated at the American Baptist Seminary and College and Vanderbilt
Reverend Smith is the former pastor of First Baptist Church, West Nashville,
having served that congregation for over eighteen years. During the illness
of Rev. Thomas E. Sweeney, Sr., pastor of First Baptist Church South Inglewood,
Reverend Smith served faithfully as Assistant Pastor. After the death of
Rev. Sweeney in 1996, Rev. Smith was called to be pastor of the congregation.
He was installed as pastor on Sunday, December 1, 1996.
Reverend Smith recognizes that God's work will often take His workers beyond
the walls of his sanctuary. As a result, he served as an editor and contributor
of the National Baptist Publishing Board, Staff Minister of the Criminal Justice
Center of Nashville, Instructor for the State Sunday School and BTU Congress and
instructor at the Midwest Missionary Regional Conference of the National Baptist
Convention of America. He has also served as a member of the Advisory Committee
of the Advisory Committee of the National Baptist Convention. Additionally, he
holds memberships in the Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship of Nashville,
Tennessee Missionary Baptist State Convention and National Missionary Baptist
Convention of America. He has also been a vocal community advocate in the Concerned
Citizens of the Community for both West Nashville and the South Inglewood community
Through his strong leadership, First Baptist South Inglewood is actively at the
forefront of addressing the needs of God's people in the 21st Century. Many new
ministries reflecting his innovative ideas and totalistic approach to saving of souls
have been added to the church. They include the Drama Ministry, Caring and Sharing
Committee, the FBSI Book Club, the Adult Christian Training School, and most recently,
Trinity Community Service, which is a non-profit organization established to provide
service to the Nashville area in a variety of ways. He was recently elected to serve
as Vice President of the Home Mission Board, National Missionary Baptist Convention of
On a personal note, God blessed him with a life partner in Mrs. Vernella K. Smith. They
are the proud parents of seven children.
1515 Ann Street
Nashville, TN 37216
Sunday 7:30 a.m.
Sunday 10:30 a.m.
WMDB 880 AM
Saturday 9:00 a.m.
Sunday 8:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Mon - Thu)
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Fri)