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 was born in Meridian, MS and raised in the small town of Quitman. After completing high school, he attended Mississippi State University and graduated with a BS in Business Administration. In 1990 he felt directed to attend RHEMA Bible Training Center. He graduated from RHEMA in 1992 and subsequently chartered Holy Spirit Ministries International, traveling across the United States and into many foreign nations. He received his ordination from RHEMA in 1994.
In 1998 David married the love of his life, Stacey, and they began traveling together. In 2000 they made the decision to move to McKinney, TX to help pioneer New Covenant Church. In 2005 they became the Senior Pastors and parents of twins at the same time!
In the Fall of 2008, David expanded his vision to include the opening of a financial services company and insurance agency. Today he is a minister and businessman who enjoys speaking at conferences and churches, encouraging people to be all that God has called them to be.
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.