Dr. Deborah B. Smith, Senior Pastor

Dr. Deborah Smith, PastorDr. Deborah B. Smith has served at Centenary as Senior Pastor since June 2011. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Smith served at Germantown United Methodist Church in Germantown, TN and in the New Orleans District of the Louisiana Conference. She currently serves as the Memphis Conference Chair of the Outreach Advocacy Action Team. Her primary goal in ministry is to make disciples of Jesus Christ while encouraging and ministering to the needs of others, through outreach programs designed to: feed the hungry, clothe those in need, and provide services that would empower individuals to tend to their basic needs.


Dr. Smith holds a Master of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Humanities from LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee; a Master of Education degree with a concentration in curriculum and instruction and a reading specialist certification from the University of New Orleans; and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Curriculum and Instruction and Curriculum Theory from Louisiana State University.


Dr. Smith and her husband, Eddie, Jr., have three adult children: Kasia, Kimberly, and Eddie III. She enjoys traveling, reading, visiting with her children, and listening to gospel music.