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Smith's aim is to follow the example of Christ

Gigi Tinsley | 11/14/2013, 9 a.m.
Isaac Smith was born to the late Saintana and Daniel Smith in Nassau, Bahamas in 1966. When he was 12-years-old, ...
Isaac and Chikeila Smith, co-pastors at New Life In the City, Inc.

Isaac Smith was born to the late Saintana and Daniel Smith in Nassau, Bahamas in 1966. When he was 12-years-old, the family migrated to the U.S. and took residence in Miami. The thing most vivid in his young mind from then to now is “I was always in church,” Smith said. As a youngster, “I served as altar boy until converting to Christianity in 1981 when I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior,” he added.

Smith’s Christian journey moved to another height when in 1994-1996, he served as a deacon at the Spirit of Christ Center and Ministries, Inc. in North Miami. There, he taught Sunday School, was a member of the executive board and was head usher in the ministry of ushers and greeters. Smith said, he tried with all that was within him “to be a deacon who epitomizes excellence.”

As the years passed he progressively moved to new heights in his Christian walk. Smith has served the church in numerous capacities of leadership and responsibilities. From 1996-2010, he served as an elder at New Life World Outreach, Inc. in Pembroke Pines. During those years, he served as a minister of the gospel, Sunday School teacher, a member of the executive board, finance ministry member, Men of Valor Men’s Ministry, and a Lay Ministry class member.

Currently, as senior pastor of the gospel of Jesus Christ, he says his aim is "to be a true example to fellow believers in word and deed and to serve as a vessel to lead sinners to the Lord.” “I stand against the ravaging effects of substance abuse and divorce because of the negative response it has on families," he said. "I promote reconciliation and I proclaim the teachings of the Kingdom of God.”

Smith believes that “God is able to do anything but fail and despite the odds man sees, there is nothing too hard for God."

Smith is a long time employee of Miami-Dade County and is a graduate of the University of Miami with a double major — a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and mathematics.

Smith has been married to Chikeila Smith for more than 23 years and she serves as co-pastor at New Life In the City, Inc. [14135 NW 7th Avenue, Unit 9]. They are the parents of three “beautiful children,” she said, and “the family resides in North Miami Beach.”