Barbara A. Smith was born and reared in Fort Valley, Ga. She received the Lord at an early age. At the age of 14, she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. While in revival with Bishop Thomas A. Ward in 1978, fasting and praying, she experience a visitation from the Lord. A bright light overshadowed her while lying in her bed and an audible voice like she’d never heard before, spoke to her and said, “fear not and be not afraid, for I am the Lord your GOD, be ye holy for I am holy.” She was filled with the holy ghost and her life has never been the same. She works diligently on the battle field for the Lord.
Barbara is an advocate for education; she graduated with honors from Peach County High School and received a Nursing Degree from Middle Georgia Technical Institute. She worked almost 12 years as a licensed nurse and was a member of the Nurse’s Association of Georgia. She has always had a passion for serving and helping others. She later pursued a career in education where she excelled phenomenally. She graduated Cum Laude, receiving a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree of Early Childhood Education from Fort Valley State University. She later went on to pursue her calling in education by receiving a Specialist Degree with honors from Troy State University. She holds three Endorsements; Teacher Support Specialists, ESOL Endorsement, and Gifted Endorsement. She is an honorary member of Kappa Delta Epsilon, a member of the Georgia Association of Educators, a member of the National Educator’s Association and a member of the Houston County Association of Educators. She is also an inductee of the Who’s Who among American Educators. She is a teacher of unprecedented character and skills. She was honored as Teacher of the Year 2010-2011 at Lindsey Elementary School in Warner Robins, Ga. She serves her community faithfully. She is a mentor with Big Brother/Big Sister of Central Georgia.She is a licensed District Missionary in the Church of God in Christ, Southern Georgia II Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, the honorable John Wayne Leggett, Prelate. She serves faithfully as the District Missionary of the International City District of Warner Robins, Ga., under the leadership of the prestigious Superintendent Robert L. Smith. She is also the first lady of the House of Prayer COGIC, 539 North Davis Drive, Warner Robins, Ga., where Supt. R.L. Smith serves as pastor. Superintendent Robert L. and Barbara was united in holy matrimony on July 15th, 1984. They have three wonderful children who love the Lord and serves faithfully, Robert, Christian and son-in-law Eddie Holt.