The Late Archbishop Jimmie L. Smith - Founder
The Late Archbishop Jimmie L. Smith was a native of Lithonia, Georgia. He spread the word of God for more than 40 years. He was married to Dr. Ruth Williams Smith and they share five children and 12 grandchildren. He served as Senior Pastor of Light of the World Christian Tabernacle International headquartered in Stockbridge, Georgia. He along with his wife Dr. Ruth, established the Light of the World Covenant Fellowship International that oversees 26 countries with a membership of over 200,000. He was instrumental in the ministerial growth of several other churches in the metropolitan Atlanta area.His reach was far beyond the boundaries of his local community. He was intensely civic minded. In the pursuits of fulfilling his civic duties, he advised and counseled local, state, and national leaders. He used his influence to make changes for the good of all mankind. He advised leaders from the Office of the President to the office of local county officials. He was sought out for his sound advice and wise spiritual counsel. His influence was powerful and long reaching. Archbishop was a recording artist as well as an author. He was a wise prophet of God who took every opportunity presented to entertain strangers offering forgiveness, love, inspiration and a warm smile. HEAVEN
Archbishop Ruth W. Smith - Co-Founder
DR. RUTH W. SMITH is the Co-Founder and former Senior Pastor of Light of the World Christian Tabernacle International. A native of Greensboro, Alabama she moved to Atlanta in June 1970 and attended both Massey Business College and Georgia State University. In 1982 she married, the late Archbishop Jimmie Lee Smith and in 1990 she answered her own call to the ministry. Together they founded “The Light” and the church grew from a membership of 400 to 1500 in a 4 year period.
Under their leadership they implemented a number of auxiliaries within the church. They included a television, video and audio ministry, an overcomer’s ministry, singles and couples’ ministry, and a full children’s ministry that included an academy, early learning center and a bus ministry.
Over time, Archbishop Jimmie Lee and “Dr. Ruth” were inspired by the Holy Spirit to strengthen Christian unity both nationally and internationally. As a result, they developed the Light of the World International Covenant Fellowship, a non-profit Christian organization which provides outreach to ministries domestically and internationally. It now can boast of a membership of over 200,000 Christians with international ministries in Jamaica, West Indies, Nassau, Bahamas, Croydon, England, Ghana, West Africa, Kenya, East Africa, South Africa and Madras, and South India–in over 27 countries.
She is known throughout the world as an outstanding speaker and willingly shares her gifts of teaching and pastoring all around the world. She is truly an anointed dedicated woman of God committed to going forth into all the world to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
Bishop Kevin J. Jones - Senior Pastor
Bishop Kevin J. Jones is the Senior Pastor of Light of the World Christian Tabernacle International and Overseeing Bishop of Light of the World Covenant Fellowship International with ministries in over 26 countries. His vision is to “See a World Without Darkness” through the Mission of Evangelizing, Educating and Edifying people of every Nation one person at a time through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Bishop Jones is the Founder and former Pastor of The Empowerment Center Inc. in Columbus, GA. At the Empowerment Center he utilized his leadership skills and extensive knowledge of the Word of God to guide the congregation and bring new members into the fold. Bishop Kevin’s heart is towards our young people to empower them to grow in their faith and to be free to serve God with their whole heart. He believes that our investment in our young people is one of the most critical assignments we have. He reaches young people through the Arts and they love his energy and radicalness and anointing. Bishop Jones was employed by Dignity Memorial Planning in Texas until moving to Georgia to work with Light of the World. In his own words “All you need to say about me is I Am a Child of God.” Bishop Jones’ favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11 “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out – plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for”. (MSG)