Pastor

Our Senior Pastor

Pastor

Pastor Smith has pastored the Friendship Baptist Church since 1996. “The Jewel of Old Pasadena” stands as a glowing reminder of the African American presence in this part of the city. While remaining true to the church’s historical roots, Pastor Smith has sought to keep the ministries of the church relevant with contemporary application of the Gospel message.  Having been raised in Friendship since birth, the relationship he has with the church is very personal. His love for his work is only surpassed by his love for the people whom he shepherds. Pastor Smith is committed to a biblical expository ministry and delivers his sermons whereas even a little child can comprehend.

He is the Past President of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Greater Pasadena (IMA). He desired to create an atmosphere of unity and fellowship among Christian Clergy, resulting in a unified presence in the cities in which they serve. He believes that there are no “Big I’s” or “Little You’s”, and that every ministry ordained by God has value, whatever the size. He believes that “There are no small churches. Everything God creates is intended to thrive and grow.”  He is also a member of the Ecumenical Council of Pasadena area Churches (ECPAC), an association of churches which strives to minister to the less fortunate and the underserved. Friends In Deed, The Bad Weather Shelter and other civic minded efforts provide emergency services to those who qualify.  Additionally, Pastor Smith serves as Vice President of The Clergy Community Coalition, a non-profit organization which seeks to address the issue of affordable housing in the Pasadena area, where solutions to the economic, educational and social barriers that make affordable housing so difficult are developed and implemented through public forums and clergy participation.

Pastor Lucious has been married to his wife, Genine, for 25 years. They have a daughter, Camille, and son, Jordan, and believe that a strong sense of family responsibility is essential. “God created the family before He created the Church” is something Pastor Smith constantly affirms. “Caring for your family should not supersede your love of the Lord. It does, however, demonstrate it.”