Bishop Ruth W. Smith EPK

The Late Archbishop Jimmie L. Smith - Founder

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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

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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

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Bishop Kevin J. Jones is the Senior Pastor of The Light of the World Christian Tabernacle International and the Overseeing Bishop of The Light of the World Covenant Fellowship. He leads a congregation of over 1500 members and ministries in over 26 countries which include: Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, South Africa, Jamaica, and other islands.

Bishop Jones is a native of Columbus, Georgia and the son of Mr. Roman Jones Jr. and the late Mrs. Gloria Shorter.  He was raised by his Grandparents Roman Sr. and Ozell Jones whose impartation he values immensely.  He accepted Christ at an early age and was filled with the Holy Spirit.  He received his primary and secondary education in the Columbus Public School system and went on to graduate from Selma University Bible College. 

He has gained great wisdom, insight, and revelation through his affiliation with Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter’s House and Bishop Dale Bronner of Word of Faith.    He is the Founder and former Pastor of The Empowerment Center Inc. in Columbus, Georgia, where he utilized his leadership skills and extensive knowledge of the Word of God to guide the congregation and bring new members into the fold.

He is a dedicated and goal-oriented professional with valuable experience in carrying out leadership responsibilities.  He is highly proficient in developing and leading comprehensive ministry programs based on the mission of Jesus Christ.  He is a dynamic and prolific Preacher, effective in providing leadership and direction to inspire and support members in order that they can function at their highest capacity for God.  He is the proud father of one daughter, Kristen, and works tirelessly to travel the world to empower people through his mission and his vision for growing the Kingdom of God.