The congregation of the Vinemont Church of God (1331 County Road 1223, Vinemont 35179) will be welcoming Rev. Jimmy D. Smith, Director of the International U.S.A. Missions Department, in Cleveland, Tenn., to the morning worship service Sunday, Sept. 18, as the guest speaker for Pastor Appreciation Day.
Reverend Jimmy D. Smith is an ordained bishop in the Church of God and was re-elected by the ordained bishops at the 73rd General Assembly to serve two more years as the director of the International U.S.A. Missions Department for the 2010-12 assembly period having already served as director for the 2008-10 assembly period. He previously served as assistant director of the International Evangelism and Home Missions 2006-08 and 2002-04 assembly periods. Reverend Smith served on the Executive Council of Eighteen in 1998-2002. Previous positions include Chairman of the International Evangelism and Home Missions Board, Administrative Bishop of Michigan, Florida, Northern Ohio and Southern New England.
Reverend Smith pastored for 10 years and is a sought after keynote speaker for various camp meetings and conferences. He is married to Peggy and they have two daughters, Melonie and Paige.
We are pleased to have Bishop Smith join us in celebrating the ministry of our pastors, Johnny and Terri Bennefield. Pastor Bennefield has been at the Vinemont Church of God for the past four years and we have experienced much growth, debt reduction and new ministry opportunities under his direction.
The public is encouraged to join us for this special celebration at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011.
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