Rev. Linwood M. Smith, Jr., Pastor of the Mount Zion A.M.E. Church in Atglen, Pennsylvania, serves the “Little Church with a Big Heart and Big Vision.” Married to Sylvia C. Smith for 33 years, he is the father of seven children and grandfather of six grandchildren. Born in West Chester, PA, raised in the Coatesville area and working most of his years in the Downingtown Area School District, Rev. Smith is devoted to serving the church and community.
Rev. Smith began serving the community as a teacher and administrator in the public school system. After 32 years of service Rev. Smith retired and retreaded so that he could place a greater focus on serving in God’s vineyard. In addition, he served as the Chaplin at the Church Farm School in Exton, PA, where he taught classes in World Religions.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Arts Education from Cheyney University in 1977 and completed his Masters work in 1990. Rev. Smith received his Secondary Principal’s Certificate from Penn State Great Valley Campus in 1993. Graduating in May of 2009, Rev. Smith received his Master of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
In 2004, Rev. Smith received his first pastoral charge as pastor of the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Coatesville, PA. He served the members of Bethel for six years. In 2008, Rev. Smith was consecrated for the Office of Itinerant Elder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. In June 2010, Rev. Smith received his second pastoral charge as pastor of Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church, located in Atglen, PA.
In the community, he currently serves on several boards in the Chester County area, including the Brandywine Health Foundation, the Chester County Council for the Workforce of Tomorrow, Coatesville Youth Initiative and the Coatesville Community Education Foundation. In addition, he is a member of the Coatesville Branch NAACP, LIONS Club of Christiana and the A.M.E. Ministerial Alliance of Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Vicinity. Rev. Smith has been recognized for his dedication, commitment and service to the community.
Most of all, Rev. Smith values the time he spends with his family, uplifting and serving people while spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.