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!
Rev. Walter R. Jones is an Ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church. He is a Christian Educator and Business Administrator, serving as Executive Associate Pastor of Atlanta First United Methodist Church.
Rev. Jones is a native of Clearwater, Florida. He attended the University of Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Scarritt College in Nashville, Tennessee earning a Master of Arts in Christian Education. He has served in the United Methodist Church for forty-two years leading the people of God to connect the Church with the world.
Rev. Jones is part of a Clergy team serving the North Georgia Conference with his spouse Sondra, an Ordained United Methodist Elder. His work in the local church includes; proclaiming the Gospel through worship, serving the community of faith, growing disciples of Jesus through teaching the Bible and the Christian faith, and engaging with the neighborhood and the city to offer the transforming love of Jesus Christ.