Pastor david smith

Rev. David A. Smith started his ministry with Tibitha Church of God on December 1, 2016.  He and his wife, Marilyn have been married for 36 years.  They have two children.  Rachel lives in Bloomington, Indiana and works at the Indiana University Library.  Nathan lives in St. Louis, Missouri and will be getting married in August, 2018.


Prior to coming to Reedville, Virginia, David was the senior pastor at Royal Chapel Church of God in Hickory, North Carolina for eight years.  Previous to that he was the senior pastor at First Church of God in Cassopolis, Michigan for five years.  David graduated from Anderson College (now Anderson University), Anderson, Indiana with a B.A. in religious studies and mathematics.  David met Marilyn while attending Anderson.  David received his Master of Divinity from the Anderson University School of Theology.


David has also worked as a Cost/Estimator, Purchasing Agent and CAD/CAM Programmer over the years.


Marilyn currently works at the Northumberland County Public Library as the Children's Director.

PASTORAL THOUGHTS

May 7, 2020


We have an amazing God.  For the past few Sundays we have had drive-in worship services that have been wonderful.  The presence of God has been felt strongly during these services even though we are unable to meet in the sanctuary because of the coronavirus.  It does not matter if we are in the sanctuary or the parking lot restricted to our cars, God is present, because we are worshiping him.


As I thought about this the scripture passage from  John 4:24 came to mind, "God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth" (NIV2011).  It doesn't matter where we are worshiping, what matters is how we are worshiping.  As we have worshiped in the parking lot we are still doing it in the Spirit and in truth.  Lives are being changed and touched.  One Sunday as a person was driving out of the parking lot she shared how that morning's service and message was for her and she said it with tears in her eyes.  I received a note in the mail from a neighbor who on Easter Sunday morning sat on her porch and listened to the service and how it touched her heart.  


God is not restricted to the sanctuary on Sunday mornings and can move the hearts of people wherever they are.  God is still at work in times such as we are experiencing now.  I cannot praise God enough for what he is doing and how it has encouraged my heart.


Pastor David Smith