Pastor Annie Smith

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Pastor Smith was well known and loved in the Salisbury area. She spent her life as a visionary leader, counselor, confidant, encourager, mother, prayer warrior, and friend to many. With spiritual discernment, a great sense of humor, and the heart of a shepherd, she inspired in others a love for life and living. A graduate of Livingstone College and Virginia Union University in Richmond, Va., she was a retired educator, having taught in Halifax and Rowan counties in North Carolina and Kingsway Academy, a private Christian school in Nassau, Bahamas. After retiring from the school system, she worked as both Director and Coordinator of Client Services at the Pregnancy Support Center, here in Salisbury. She founded Lifeline Triumphant Pentecostal Church in February 1993 in Salisbury and served as C.E.O. of the Lifeline Ministry Empowerment Program. This program served many people in the Salisbury area helping to meet both the physical and spiritual needs of persons in the community. In 2014, following prayer and deliberative conversations between her and the late Rev. Dr. Wayne Murdock, founding pastor of Assemblies of Christ Church Ministries, Inc. in High Point, the two churches signed a tremendous merger plan. In May, 2014, Pastor Smith took leadership of the merged church, Assemblies & Lifeline United in High Point and was officially installed as Pastor in October 2014. Through anointed teaching, preaching, and outreach, Pastor Smith made an indelible impact on the church and the community. She loved and mentored scores of young people, many of whom became her daughters and sons in ministry who now teach, preach and exhort others. As an Overseer, Pastor Smith worked with churches in the Virginia, Georgia, and Eastern North Carolina District of the Triumphant Pentecostal Church, under the leadership of Bishop Tony O. Carter, Presiding Prelate. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bishop Renville E. Smith, Sr., pastor of the Apostolic Church of Christ, Nassau, Bahamas, with whom she served in ministry for ten years, and two years as pastor of the church beyond his death. Pastor Smith leaves to cherish her memory three adult children, Renville E. Smith, Jr, Elder Selma O. Smith, and Elder Gerard A. Smith, along with a host of other relatives, church family members, and friends. She was extremely close to her sister, Elder Carrie H. Bolton who also lives in Salisbury and from its inception, invested in the vision of Lifeline. Arrangements: The Celebration of Life services for Overseer and Pastor Annie L. Smith will be held Friday, June 15, 12 noon at the Trinity Presbyterian Church (USA), 300 S. Caldwell Street, in Salisbury, NC. A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 14, 7:30 p.m., honoring the ministry of Pastor Smith at her church, Assemblies & Lifeline United Church, Inc., 301 East Lexington Avenue, High Point, NC. Condolences may be sent to the Smith Family at P. O. Box 813, Granite Quarry, NC 28072. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Lifeline Community Enrichment Center, also at that address. Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc. is assisting the Smith. Online condolences may be sent to
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Published in Salisbury Post from June 10 to June 13, 2018
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