Bishop Steve Smith serves as the administrative bishop for the Church of God of the Garden State. He is a son of the parsonage and a second generation Church of God Minister. From early childhood it was evident that the call and the hands of God was upon his life. At about age 12 he led his first soul to Christ on the way home from school while still living in the beautiful island of Jamaica. Bishop Smith has served the church in various capacities: New York State Youth and Discipleship Director for eight years and a recipient of Director’s Achievement Award, Assistant Pastor, Youth Pastor, District Youth and Christian Director, and Chairman of the Northeast Winterfest Committee. He also served for four years on the International Youth & Christian Education Board and currently serves on the Church of God Discipleship Board. Bishop Smith has a master’s degree in church ministries from the Church of God theological seminary. Brother Smith has served honorable in the USA armed forces, his decorations includes The Army Good Conduct Medal and various achievement awards. In November 2011 he ran and successfully completed the New York marathon 26.3 miles as an evangelistic outreach tool. He is married to the beautiful Karen Smith and the Lord has blessed their marriage with two children Sarah and Jonathan.
Christopher and Jessica have recently moved back to New Jersey after spending the last four years in Cleveland, TN. While attending Lee University, Christopher earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies with an emphasis in Pastoral Ministry, and his wife Jessica earned a Bachelor of Science in Special Education. During their time in Tennessee they served in ministry together at two different churches. For about one year, Christopher and Jessica served in the middle school ministry at Crosspointe Church of God, formerly known as Mt. Olive East Church of God, in Cleveland, TN, overseeing the Sunday School ministry for the Middle school age children. After serving at Crosspointe Church of God, Christopher became the Children’s Pastor at The Family Church (Dayton Church of God) in Dayton, TN and served their with Jessica for two years under Pastor Darryl Smith. In June of this year, Christopher accepted a full-time staff position at Abundant Life Church of God in Freehold, NJ and is currently serving as Youth Pastor of that congregation.