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Our Pastor

"And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!" - Romans 10:15

Co-Founder & District Elder
Pastor John David Smith

Pastor John David Smith hails from Pendleton, South Carolina. He graduated from Pendleton High School (Pendleton, SC) and enlisted in the US Army Reserves upon graduation. While serving as an Army Reservist, he attended the University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC), where he majored in Music Education and Music Theory/Composition and later attended USC-Upstate, where he majored in Social Psychology. He has four stepchildren and two grandchildren.

Pastor David accepted God's call to preach in 2000, and has been in the pastorate since October 2001. His love for God's people and his desire to follow Christ, led him to resign from the denomination he loved. In order to fulfill God's calling upon his life, he was ordained District Elder, by the authority of the late General Bishop Wilbur Johnson, Jr., and then General Overseer, Dr. Armenia Johnson, and along with his former wife, Robin, founded In God's Hands Ministries, Inc. in January 2007.

Pastor David has taught private piano lessons, and for eighteen (18) years, took time each summer to teach Band Camps throughout South Carolina and North Carolina. He is a lifetime member of the Kappa Kappa Psi Professional Honorary Band Fraternity, Inc, serves on the board of two nonprofit organizations, a member of the Atlanta Black Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Government Contractors Association, a member of the National Small Business Association Leadership Council, a member of the American Legion (Post #224), a public speaker/mentor to youth groups and adults, a published poet, a distinguished member of the International Society of Poets, and an entrepreneur. His first book of poetry is entitled “The Presence of Knowing” and he now adds playwright to his list of distinctions, as his first Christian stage play entitled "Heaven Help Us!" was performed by T.G.I.F. (Thank God I'm Faithful) Productions in March 2019, He is currently working on three additional books, as well as, a second stage play, a Spoken Word CD and a gospel CD.

Pastor David is a Christ-centered family man, an entrepreneur and a community activist who continues to use his gifts for the betterment of God’s people.


In God’s Hands Ministries is affiliated with Heavenly Vision Ministries, Inc. of
Pittsburgh, PA and under the Apostolic leadership of Apostle Dr. Armenia Johnson.

Robin L. Smith

Co-Founder, I.G.H. Ministries
Elder & National Field Director
Heavenly Vision Ministries


Esther S. Spearman

I.G.H. Ministries


Dr. Armenia Johnson

Chief Apostle & General Overseer
Heavenly Vision Ministries


Theresa D. Nelson

Asst. General Overseer
Elder & National Evangelist
Heavenly Vision Ministries


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