The Rev. Jacqueline Jones-Smith is a former executive and attorney who brings to
ministry over twenty-five years of experience in business, law and management in
the public and private sectors.
These experiences have accrued in her current appointment as Senior Pastor of
Christ UMC, St. Petersburg, FL where she developed an entrepreneurial approach
to stabilize the finances of this Church, which was targeted for closure. This
approach included the sale of its 2/3-acre vacant lot for $5.3 Million and parking
easements in perpetuity. This sale, which is valued at $6.3 Million, was one of the
highest per acre sales in downtown St. Petersburg. The business model of this sale
has been copied by other churches.
Ordained in the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist
Church, she previously served as Senior Pastor of Good Hope Union UMC in
Silver Spring, MD and in Washington DC as Associate Pastor of historic Asbury
UMC and on the staff of Foundry UMC. She also hosted “Church Incorporated,” a
recurring segment of the Biz Talk with Josh Smith TM radio show that focused on the
business side of the church.
Prior to heeding God’s call to ministry, she was President and Chief Operating
Officer of MAXIMA Corporation, one of the largest and fastest growing African
American companies in the U.S. As an Assistant County Attorney in Maryland and
as a Staff Attorney with the U.S. Federal Election Commission she litigated civil
cases in state and U.S. District Courts, Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court.
Her career includes an appointment by former President George H.W. Bush as
Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. She is the first
African American to head this federal agency and served in the Bush and Clinton
Rev. Jones-Smith served on the Board of Governors of Wesley Theological
Seminary and is the recipient of numerous awards for her contributions to health
and safety. She holds a M.Div. from Wesley Theological Seminary, a JD from
American University, an MLS from Syracuse University and a BA from
She and her husband of over 40 years, nationally renowned entrepreneur, Joshua
Smith, are residents of St. Petersburg, FL.
The Rev. Thomas Gregory is a retired Local Pastor in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. He served at Christ UMC as the Associate and Senior Pastor (2015-2016) and at Allendale UMC as Associate Pastor (1999-2009). Prior to heading God’s call to pastoral ministry Rev. Gregory was a CPA from 1960 to 2016. His secular work includes partner in Gregory, Sharer & Stuart, CPA’s and work with Alexander Grant & Co., Tornwall, Lang & Lee and Russell Bogue & Co. A long-time active resident of the St. Petersburg community, Rev. Gregory served on numerous boards and commissions. His education includes a B.S. in Accounting from Florida State University; M.Div. from St. Petersburg Theological Seminary and Course of Study, Emory University. He and wife, Reed Lewis Gregory have two children and four grandchildren
Jerry Smith has been serving churches and young people for almost 20 years. In his tenure of ministry, Jerry has served as the Youth Pastor at Community Vineyard Church in Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Director of Student Ministries at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in West Akron, OH and Youth Pastor at St. Luke’s Anglican Church, as well as, founded The Light Teen Center in Copley, Ohio. He has served on the boards of RIOT, Akron Area YMCA, Akron Area Youth Workers Network, All-School Assembly Program. Additionally, Jerry has hosted many large outreach events leading thousands of young people to faith in Jesus Christ. He has been involved in mission work in France, Ukraine, Brooklyn-NYC, Queens-NYC, Niagara Falls-U.S.A, Birmingham-Alabama, and New Orleans-LA. Jerry and his wife Tiffany are proud parents of 2 adult children. Alyssa attends Kent State University and will be graduating soon with a Business degree, and Caleb serves in the Navy as a special forces air rescue swimmer in California. In their spare time, Jerry and Tiffany enjoy boating, camping, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, reading, frisbee tossing, and traveling. The Smith’s joined Christ Church in August of 2019 are excited to begin this next chapter of their lives and ministry in St. Pete.
Barry has provided inspiring & uplifting music to the Glory of God at Christ UMC since 1987. His prodigious talent is matched by a determination to provide “the very best in sacred music” for worship services & the many concerts provided by CUMC each year. Barry is highly respected as one of the pre-eminent organists of our area. Hailing from Boston, Barry & his family moved to Florida in 1955 & he earned his degrees from SPCollege & USF. Barry was organist for the First Church of Christ Scientist before coming to Christ UM Church. Barry also is Accompanist for the Choral & Vocal Music Departments of SPCollege & a longstanding Secretary of the American Guild of Organists.
Myra began her life in Crawfordsville, Indiana, moving to Florida as a young child. Both of her parents worked at CUMC & she was confirmed in grade 3, went on to sing with the first Spirit Bound Singers choir, the Holy Notes & other CUMC musical groups as well as giving invaluable assistance later on for the Jesus, the Arts & Me program. Myra earned her USF degree in Criminology and has been married to Tim Klement for 24 years, living in Connecticut & Virginia before returning to St Petersburg where she now works as the outstanding Treasurer/Accountant for CUMC. She & Tim have four grandchildren – all boys.
Mary is a native of St Petersburg. She was baptized as an infant, confirmed & has continued serving at CUMC for most of her life. The only time she wasn’t active either with beautiful church receptions or suppers, taking care of children or lending valuable service in the Church office, was when Mary & her husband, Dale, & family were in Alaska, Colorado, Washington, DC, Georgia or Okinawa, Japan while Dale was serving in the US Air Force. Daughter & son of longtime CUMC members Kathleen & Floyd (Smokey) Smoak & Joan Allen, they are parents of six children & 18 grandchildren.