PASTOR MATTHEW SMYZER, Jr. &
1ST LADY JOANNE SMYZER
A Dymanic, Visionary Leader whose heart is for the people of God, the causes of Christ and is led by the Holy Spirit
Rev. Matthew E. Smyzer, Jr. is a native of Pee Wee Valley, KY. Born March 16, and is the third of seven children.
Rev. Smyzer is married to the former Joann E. Carter. They are the parents of two children. Felicia A. Smyzer and Machika J. Smyzer-Stewart
Rev. M. E. Smyzer, Jr. served as pastor of the Zion Hill Baptist Church of Park City, KY. From 1991 to 2004. Under the leadership of Pastor Smyzer, the Zion Hill Church witnessed many souls won to Christ, completed a $600,000 Community Housing Project, and a total renovation of the church”s facility and grounds.
BEARGRASS MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH, LOUISVILLE, KY.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR –
BAPTIST FELLOWSHIP CENTER, LOUISVILLE. KY.
SUPERINTENDENT OF MISSIONS – CENTRAL DISTRICT BAPTIST ASSOCIATION
In November 2004, God moved Rev. Smyzer to answer the call to serve as the Beargrass Missionary Baptist Church's senior pastor in Louisville, KY.
Under Pastor Smyzer’s administration, a record number of people have joined the church, with 33% of that number joining by baptism. Ministries increased, and the church purchased 5 acres of land to build a new worship center. The Beargrass church is witnessing a move of God like never before. Pastor Smyzer believes that the church must minister to the whole person; holistic ministries are now taking place at Beargrass. Pastor Smyzer leads by example, and his motto is “WE CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS US.”
He is truly a man of God, dedicated to the cause of Christ. Pastor Smyzer is a compassionate servant leader with the heart of God and a man of vision. Beargrass Church bears witness to his vision becoming a plan and the planning manifest as a reality. TO GOD BE THE GLORY.
Pastor Smyzer served from 2014 to 2018 as CEO of Metro Leadership Foundation. A ministry designed to transform the city for God, one person, one family, one community at a time thru the design and implementation of Education, Housing, and Job incubation programs.
Since 2001 Pastor Smyzer serves as Executive Director of the Baptist Fellowship Center, a 106-year-old Missions Center noted as a National model for co-operative ministries between all races of people, with a major focus on Angelo and African American relationships. He also served as Superintendent of Missions for The Central District Baptist Association. An association made up of 150 Baptist churches