Founder & Chief Apostle


Apostle Sammy C. Smith is the Founder, Senior Pastor and Presiding Prelate of the Grace Cathedral Christian Fellowship, Inc.  A native of Lorain, Ohio, he was born April 27, 1957, to the late Deacon Sam “Pop” Smith and Dorothy Ballard Smith (National Mother Emeritus). God has always had a great and prevailing influence on Apostle Smith’s life. Through the loving prayers of his mother and the exemplary life example set by his father, Apostle Smith grew to become a man of strength, faith, character, and integrity. Apostle Smith answered the commissioned call of ministry that God revealed to him at a very young age to pastor thousands, evangelize millions, and reach billions. This vision could only be realized through reaching homes, neighborhoods, communities, cities, counties, states, regions, countries and the world.

In 1984, while enlisted in the United States Air Force and stationed at Shaw Air Force Base, Sumter, South Carolina, Apostle Smith was given a vision to develop a new testament-minded ministry that would transform lives, save souls, and bring people into a greater awareness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. What began with a gospel service in a small chapel on Shaw Air Force Base planted the harvest seed that supernaturally birthed Grace Cathedral Ministries and subsequently the Grace Cathedral Christian Fellowship, Inc. After much prayer and consideration, Apostle Smith decided to cease his military career with the United States Air Force so that he could devote himself to ministry full-time. He was honorably discharged in 1988 after eight years of service to our country. Apostle Smith has been delivering the Word of God for over 30 years, and remains focused on ministry, spiritual growth, expansion, and outreach. God used His revelation to anoint Apostle Smith to fulfill His divinely-appointed purpose for his life.

Apostle Smith is a gifted orator, teacher, visionary, conference speaker and published author. He published his inaugural book entitled, “You Don’t Have to be Dead To Rest in Peace” in 2014. He attended the University of South Carolina and graduated with honors from Morris College, Sumter, South Carolina.  He is affiliated with several organizations, including The Joint College of African American Pentecostal Bishops, the Morris College National Alumni Association, and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated. Apostle Smith has 3 children – Courtney, Chris, and Ta Cara; and 3 grandchildren – Zion, Keira, and Aiden.