DEACON CYNTHIA SMITH born in Edgeville County, South Carolina is the eldest of twelve
siblings. She moved to Baltimore at the age of four and educated through the Baltimore City
Public school system. Raised Pentecostal Apostolic she accepted Christ as her personal Savior,
baptized in Jesus name and receive the Holy Ghost at the age of ten.
Deacon Smith took a course in nursing aid from ITT in 1980, then went back to school and
received her AA in in early childhood education from Baltimore City Community College in 2001.
In 2003, she took several courses in Biblical Studies from The Baltimore School of the Bible.
Deacon Smith survived many personal challenges in her fifty-nine years of life. This included losing her son to
gun violence and drugs. God led her to Unity Fellowship Church of Baltimore (UFCB) where she heard that GOD
is Love and Love is for Everyone. Through the love and support of the members, she learned to trust GOD and
to know that He would meet her right where she was.
Deacon Smith served on the usher board long before joining the church. She then submitted her letter to enter
the church’s deacon candidate program. At the 2010 Convocation of the Unity Fellowship Church Movement,
Archbishop Carl Bean ordained her as a deacon.
Deacon Smith is a proud Black African-American Gay Lesbian woman and mother. She lives by the words of the
23rd Psalm which she learned as a young child and never forgotten.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside
the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea,
though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy
staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my
head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will
dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. Psalm 23:1-6 (KJV)