May 13, 2017 Ordination Sermon
Southern Union President Ron Smith's sermon during the ordination of Laton Smith on May 13, 2017.
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Dr. Ron C. Smith, a native of Brooklyn, NY, is a product of Christian education and
was mentored in the Seventh-day Adventist ministry by his late father, Pastor Doc
As a graduate of Oakwood University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology
and Biblical Languages, he pursued his Master of Divinity degree from Andrews
University, a Doctor of Ministry degree from Colgate Rochester Theological
Seminary in NY in 1985, and a Ph.D. from the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology
in Pasadena, CA, in 1995.
As a pastor, he has served congregations on the east and west coasts of North
After serving for eight years as vice president of the Review and Herald Publishing
Association and editor of Message magazine, Ron joined the Southern Union
administration and served as executive secretary. Since 2011, he has served as the
president of the Southern Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
He has been married to Yolanda for 38 years. They have two adult children who
have dedicated their lives to introducing people to Jesus.