Two Pastors in the Family

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Reggie and Sharon Smith were jubilant that Sharon was one of the 47 ministerial candidates presented to Synod 2016.

“In 1993, I was presented as a candidate for ministry and [my wife] was on the balcony, and now we’ve reversed it,” said Reggie Smith.

“It took 10 years [to complete my Master of Divinity studies],” said Sharon. “I’ve always been called to ministry since I was a child, and God made it clear to me that he wants me to do it more formally beyond being a pastor’s wife.” She hopes to enter pastoral care ministry and has a heart for pastor’s wives, she said.

Reggie was at synod as president of the Back to God Ministries International board.


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About the Author

Roxanne Van Farowe is a freelance writer living in North Carolina. She has reported on synod, the annual decision-making gathering of the CRC, for many years.