Jasmine Rose Smothers is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. She is a sought after preacher, teacher, workshop leader, church consultant, leadership coach, author, advocate and self-proclaimed technology geek!
Jasmine Rose Smothers currently serves as the Lead Pastor of the historic Atlanta First United Methodist Church. Previously, she served as Associate Director for Congregational Vitality through the Office of Connectional Ministries in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. In this role, Rev. Jasmine partners with congregational leaders to equip them for maximum effective ministry in church and community. Rev. Jasmine is the primary staff resource for several ministry initiatives including working to increase the vitality of congregations; racial-ethnic ministries; and the development of young clergy leaders.
She has served the United Methodist Church as a member of the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race; the Ministry Study Commission; and several task forces on Ministry with Young People. Rev. Jasmine is currently a Lewis Center for Church Leadership Community Fellow. Rev. Jasmine has also contributed to several publications and is the co-author (with Dr. F. Douglas Powe, Jr.) of the bestselling book, Not Safe For Church: The Ten Commandments for Reaching New Generations.
Rev. Jasmine is a native of Atlanta, GA. She is an amateur shutterbug; loves music; spending time with her family and friends; and traveling the globe. She is a graduate of Spelman College (B.A., Political Science) and Emory University’s Candler School of Theology (M.Div.).
Above all, Jasmine loves God, loves the Church, and is committed to “equipping the saints for the work of ministry” so that the world may know and be transformed through Christ!
Robert Henry McMichael, III, is a 5th generation Atlantan. A product of the Atlanta Public Schools, Robert is a 1999 graduate of Morehouse College, and a 2009 graduate of Gammon Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta. Robert has distinguished himself as a Preacher, writer, lecturer, vocalist and organist. He has served in numerous capacities in churches throughout the Atlanta area. As Organist, he has served at the Mallelieu United Methodist Church, East Point, GA, (now East Point First Mallelieu UMC) and at the Hoosier Memorial United Methodist Church, his home church. He has served the Cascade United Methodist Church as Director of the Women’s Chorus and Praise and Worship Leader. He also served the Historic Central Ministries United Methodist Church where he served as Minister of Music, Worship and the Arts. He served the Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta as Worship Leader/Ministerial Assistant. As a preacher/teacher, Robert has preached many revivals and special worship services. He has led many Bible studies both at Mt. Bethel and in the community. Some of his studies have included Celebration of Discipline by Robert Foster; Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala; When God’s People Pray by Jim and Carol Cymbala. As a baritone soloist, Robert has been featured at many recitals and concerts. One of his proudest moments when he was chosen to be a part of the Chorus that performed Brahms’s Nanie at the Woodruff Arts Center under the direction of the late Robert Shaw. In July of 2001 he co-chaired a delegation that traveled to the Ivory Coast of West Africa to take the Gospel message in song and to begin discussions on how the then “Methodist Church of Cote’Ivoire” and the United Methodist Church could merge. Within two years of the initial conference, the Methodist Church of Cote’Ivoire became a part of the United Methodist Church. Robert is also a Realtor ® with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Buckhead West Paces office. He is one of Metro Atlanta's leading Real Estate Consultants.
Robert serves on the Board of Trustees for Gammon Theological Seminary. Robert is also an active member of several community and civic organizations; the NAACP; the Boys and Girls Club of America; the American Guild of Organist; the Hampton University Choir Director’s/Organist Guild; and the National Academy of Religion. Robert enjoys water sports, reading, writing, and especially cooking. He is married to the former Dina Bagby, and they have 4 children, Chandler, Preston Tyler and Logan. They reside in the East Cobb area of Metro Atlanta.
Robert believes that in accordance with Isaiah 61:1, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Him and has called him to proclaim good news to the poor..” This calling is evident through the power of God that leads and directs him in his daily life. His prayer is that the world may come to know God through His Son Jesus Christ!