Rev. J. Ricardo Smith is a native of Athens, Georgia. He is the son of Mr. & Mrs. James R. Smith of Athens. Rev. Smith grew up in Ebenezer Baptist Church, West in Athens, Georgia under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Dr. Winfred M. Hope. It was there that he publicly accepted Christ at an early age. On July 31, 2005, he commenced his preaching ministry. He completed his undergraduate studies in Philosophy & Religion at the prestigious Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.
Rev. Smith is a powerful preacher and tremendous teacher of the Gospel. His preaching ministry has afforded him the opportunity to minister throughout the state of Georgia and has drawn many to a closer relationship with Jesus Christ. He believes that those who deliver God’s Word must do so correctly, which comes through prayer, preparation, and the anointing of God. That commitment to excellence in ministry led Rev. Smith to be a facilitator for the General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia.
Currently, Rev. Smith serves as the pastor of Browns Chapel Baptist Church in Bishop, Georgia. After two years as Pastor, the church has grown spiritually and numerically. Along with almost tripling in size, the church has implemented many new ministries, including the newly revamped Village Kidz.
Rev. Smith is married to the former Dr. Rhondolyn Jones of Athens, Georgia. The couple, who have been lifelong friends, currently reside in Winterville, Georgia. Rev. Smith has one son, Jameson Isaiah.
Dr. Rhondolyn Jones Smith is a native of Athens-Clarke County. She is the daughter of Deacon and Mrs. Ronald and Linda Goolsby Jones. She is a graduate of The University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, and Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service with an Associate’s degree in Mortuary Science.
Currently, Dr. Smith is a Clinical Pharmacist at Northside Hospital. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Mercer University. Dr. Smith believes in serving faithfully within the local community. She faithfully volunteers her time by serving at Mercy Health Center and with her local chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Dr. Rhondolyn Jones Smith has one son, Jameson Isaiah Smith.