Rev. Bertram C. Smith was born November 10, 1955 to the proud parents, Rev. Peter H. Smith and Mrs. Louise K. Smith in Macon, Ga. He was educated in the Bibb County public schools and graduated from Central High in Macon, Ga. in the class of 1973.
In the fall of 1973, he entered Savannah State College and received a four year military scholarship as a Navy Midshipman. During the winter of his freshman year he met and dated his wife Wendolyn Mitchell and they were married on September 14, 1974 prior to entering their second year of college. They have now been married 41 years.
He has worked for several large companies and retired from Brown and Williamson Tobacco Company in the Spring of 2006 as a Supply Manager. He has graduated from some of the top Leadership Institutes in the nation including the Dale Carnegie Institute, and the Disney Institute of Leadership where he graduated with top honors. He is a 1993 graduate of Leadership Macon and a 1995 graduate of Leadership Georgia. He is an active member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
Rev. and Mrs. Smith have 3 daughters. S. Nicole Smith (38), Wendolyn Monique Smith (36), and Bertrice Danielle Smith (31), one son Rory Calhoun age 38. They also have four grandchildren. Tresor (15) , Jase (11), Taylor (8), and Bertram Daniel, 15 months, the newest grandson.
Rev. Smith was called to the ministry in the fall of 1985 and was admitted into the Macon Conference in 1986. He was ordained a Deacon and graduated from The Turner Theological Center in 1988 and was ordained an Elder in 1990. He became the founding pastor of Adams-Smith Tabernacle A.M. E. in Warner Robins of the same year and was blessed to bring in nearly 300 members over a period of nine years a senior pastor. Pastor Smith was sent to Duresville AME in Macon in 1999 and served there for seven years. In 2005 Pastor Smith was sent to Saint Peter AME in Fort Valley where he served 8 years. Over the past 5 years, Pastor Smith has been selected as one of the top twenty preachers in the Macon Community. On May 8, 2010, Rev. Smith graduated from The Interdenominational Theological Center - Turner Seminary in Atlanta, GA with a Master's of Divinity Degree.
While in the Macon, GA Conference, Pastor Smith served in many capacities on the conference level. He served as the Chairman of the Ministerial Efficiency Committee, Chairman of the Trustee Committee, and Chairman of the Memorial Committee, served on the Finance Committee and as an instructor on the Board of Examiners. He was appointed the Dean of the Board of Examiners at the 2013 Annual Conference.
Presiding Elder Smith successfully completed his first year as Presiding Elder of the Wrens Vidalia District and now serves as the Presiding Elder of the Augusta Wrens District. He was selected as Presiding Elder of the year for the conference and was honored at the Lay retreat in 2014.
Presiding Elder Smith has a reputation of restoration for God’s people and believes that joy and peace are the foundation of goals of his ministry. His goal is to define and initiate ministries, develop and implement strategies, and to promote the 21st century church by means of praising the Lord and winning souls for Christ.
His favorite scripture is 2 Corinthians 5:7, “We walk by faith, not by sight”.