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Bio Rev Dr W. Smith

Rev. Dr. William Hayden Smith, is a bi-vocational preacher serving as Pastor of Lily of the Valley AME Church while continuing to work as a District Supervisor of inspections for the City of Minneapolis.

Married 39 years to Audrey Smith with three adult children and four grandchildren, he was licensed to preach under Pastor Hubert Armstrong in 1996. Ordained Itinerant Deacon in 1999 in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Graduated from Luther Seminary in St. Paul Minnesota May of 2005 with a Masters in Divinity Degree. Ordained Itinerant Elder at the Chicago Annual Conference of the 4th Episcopal District of the AME church in October of 2005 Rev Smith served on the clergy staff at St. James AME Church in St. Paul MN beginning in 1997 under the consecutive pastorates of Rev Hubert Armstrong, Rev Rudolph Bailey and Rev Byron Moore.

Rev. Bill Provided interim pastoral services at St Mark AME Church in Duluth MN in 2006 under Presiding Elder Alphonse Reff. He served on the clergy staff of St James

Minneapolis under Pastor Marchelle Hallman in 2007 and was appointed by Bishop John R. Bryant as the first Pastor of Lily of the Valley AME Church in Apple Valley MN in 2008. Rev. Smith resumed his seminary studies in 2008 and received his Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary in 2011.

He now serves as the Dean of the Board of Ministerial Training for the St. Paul Minneapolis District of the Chicago Conference in the 4th Episcopal District and is a board member on the Class on Admissions on the Chicago Conference Board of Ministerial Training. He remains devoted to preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and encouraging education at all levels of the church, both Clergy and Lay.

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