Jerry and Paula Smith
Jerry and Paula were born-again during a time of marital and family crisis via the
witness of a psychiatrist. As they began to pray, learn, and apply God’s word, the Lord restored their marriage, saved their children, and increasingly brought wholeness to their lives. Jerry and Paula entered the ministry after receiving a prophetic word saying, “The Lord is going to send you to other nations and continents to share the love of Christ.”
Jerry holds a Doctoral Degree from the University of Tulsa. He has been an ordained minister since 1987. Prior to entering the ministry, Jerry was a college mathematics professor and owner of an IT consulting business. He is a called bible teacher with a passion to present the truth of God’s word in an understandable, applicable way. He is the author of the book, The Grace of Healing. Paula is a music teacher, soloist, and educator. She serves as a bible teacher, especially to women’s groups, and ministers in music at conferences and churches.
Since 1981, Jerry and Paula have ministered in the Philippines, Venezuela, Argentina, Israel, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Andorra, Bulgaria, Romania, Belarus, Ukraine, Hungary, Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Uganda, Kenya, Mexico and numerous places in the U.S.A. Jerry is President of Covenant Messenger Bible Schools which operates nine bible schools in Ghana and three in Nigeria. They are the founders of two churches.
David is a graduate of Mississippi State University where he received a BS degree in Business with an emphasis on Marketing. After college, he worked for Southern Pipe and Supply as an internal auditor, covering their Southeastern Region. While working for Southern Pipe, the Lord spoke to his heart to continue his education and enroll in RHEMA Bible College in Tulsa, OK. This began David’s ministry journey. He graduated from Bible school, was licensed and ordained, and subsequently founded Holy Spirit Ministries International, Inc.
HSMI began as an evangelistic association with David traveling extensively around the world and across the US teaching, preaching, and leading worship. In June of 1998 he married the love of his life, Stacey, and they continued to travel in ministry together. In 2000, they relocated their home base from Tulsa, OK to McKinney, Texas to start New Covenant Church. There they served as Associate Pastors and Praise & Worship leaders, and in 2005 became the Senior Pastors of Covenant Life Church. That same year, their beautiful twins, Kyle and Kristin, were born. In 2008, they merged Covenant Life Church with Victory Life Church/Duane Sheriff Ministries and David transitioned into financial advising and grew his practice to include clients throughout the mid and southeastern United States. Additionally, he became a Certified Financial Educator, Certified Behavioral Financial Advisor, and Business Development Officer. His financial and ministerial background provided him the opportunity to be a keynote speaker at numerous conferences. Throughout this time, David and Stacey have continued to operate Holy Spirit Ministries International and minister at every opportunity.
David’s passion is teaching and encouraging others to be all that they can be, achieving their dreams in business and in life from a biblical perspective. He is a teacher, motivational speaker, author, songwriter and worship leader who is available and ready to speak into your business or ministry upon request.
Stacey is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Oral Roberts University, where she received her degree in Business Administration and International Marketing. She began her business leadership experience in the retail industry and was one of the youngest district managers for the Walt Disney Corporation at that time, overseeing a tristate area and winning numerous awards for her district’s performance. Throughout her retail career she was known as a troubleshooter, who was sent into poorly functioning stores with the task of getting them back on track and functioning successfully on their own. She would later use her administrative leadership skills in a variety of sectors including financial, nonprofit and medical.
Alongside her business accomplishments, Stacey has a passion for ministry to the Body of Christ. She has served in the church as a Praise & Worship leader, teacher, administrator, women’s minister and also co-pastored Covenant Life Church with her husband, David. She has traveled to Mexico, St. Croix, England, Spain, Bulgaria and Gibraltar to share the good news with other nations. Stacey brings a unique blend of practical experience combined with biblical spiritual insight to her teaching and speaking ministry. In addition to their 501(C)3 organization, Holy Spirit Ministries International, she and David operate Next Level Living, a company dedicated to coaching and teaching individuals to fulfill the potential God has placed in them.