Dr. James W. Smith was born and reared in Louisburg (Franklin County) North Carolina where he attended the public schools. He graduated from the former Perry’s High School and later attended North Carolina Central University and NCCU Law School where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Commerce and a Juris Doctorate Degree. Dr. Smith earned Master of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry Degrees from Andersonville Theological Seminary, Camilla, Georgia. He has done further studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC and Shaw Divinity School, Raleigh, NC.
Dr. Smith is a former instructor, practicing attorney and administrator. He has served as Vice Moderator at Large and Moderator of the East Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Association, Inc., Moderator of Moderators for the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Inc., President of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Durham and Vicinity (IMA), a member of the Durham United Negro College Fund Steering Committee, and a member of the General Board of the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Presently, Dr. Smith serves on the Board of Trustees, Apex School of Theology and Executive Committee of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Durham and Vicinity. In addition to his pastorate, he is a North Carolina State Bar approved sponsor of Continuing Legal Education, a Church Consultant and an Inspirational/Motivational Speaker. He is the author of two published book, “Deal By Me” and “Come, Let Us Reason Together.”
As spiritual leader of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church since March, 1991, he has led the church in many accomplishments; including, full worship services, weekly noonday Bible Study, organizing additional choirs to enhance worship services, and instituting a scholarship program for the benefit of the youth. Dr. Smith is known as a teacher/pastor because he believes that studying to show oneself approved is an integral part of the church’s ministry.
He and his wife, Barbara Wess Smith, a retired teacher with the Durham Public Schools reside in Durham, North Carolina and they have two children, Kendra and Joshua, and two granddaughters, Skyy and Londyn.