Rev. Dr. Marvin Timothy Smith, Pastor
Mt. Olive Institutional Missionary Baptist Church
Reverend Marvin T. Smith is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana, where he received all of his primary and secondary educational training. He attended Southern University and received both a Bachelor of Science Degree (1986) in Business Management and a Commission into the United States Army as an officer.
Four years later, he acknowledged the call from God to prepare to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Reverend Smith enrolled at Vanderbilt's Divinity School as a full-time student and three years later obtained the Master of Theological Studies Degree (1993) with a concentration in christian Ethics. During this time he was both licensed and ordained by the late Dr. Thomas E. Sweeney, Sr., Pastor of the First Baptist South Inglewood, Nashville, Tennessee. He is the former Pastor of the Mt. Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, Nashville, Tennessee, (four years); the Recording Secretary of the Missionary Baptist State Convention of Tennessee and the Associate Dean of Christian Education for the Nashville City District Association.
He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., the NAACP, and several other religious, civic and military organizations. Reverend Smith is currently the Vice-President of the Congress of Christian Education Saginaw Valley District and Vice President at Large of the Wolverine State Baptist Congress of Christian Education. He has taught for three years for the American Baptist College-Saginaw Extension (Introduction to Homiletics and New Testament Survey), three years for the Wolverine State Baptist Convention (Creative Ways of Teaching), and three years for the Saginaw Valley District (Doctrine of the Holy Spirit, Introduction to Christian Ethics and the Book of Isaiah). He has also been Lecturer and Preacher for the Bradley-Hicklin Lecture series, American Baptist College-Toledo Extension for the past four years. Reverend Smith is a graduate of the Beeson Institute for Advanced Church Leadership, a school of Asbury Theological Seminary. In May 2008, he received his Doctorate of Ministry Degree in Preaching, at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, Boston, Massachusetts.
He is happily married to the lovely Omie Anderson Smith and they are the proud parents of three children - Marcelle, Marche,' and Makenzie.
Reverend Smith is currently the proud and humble Pastor of the Mt. Olive Institutional Missionary Baptist Church. His primary goal in ministry is to relentlessly preach and teach the Word of God, such that people will be encouraged to make perpetual and radical commitments to the Kingdom's agenda.