Dr. Richard M. Smith is the Senior Pastor of Oakland Mills Church of God, located in the Oakland Mills Village Center in Columbia, Maryland. He was raised in Baltimore, Maryland and had known and been mentored by Rev. Dr. Marc A. Farmer, founder of Oakland Mills Church of God, since his teen years. He committed his life to Christ at the age of sixteen and recognized the gift to pastor that was upon his life at the age of eighteen during a sermon from 1 Corinthians 9, entitled “Necessity is Laid Upon You.” He was constantly reminded that his life would be miserable and anguish filled if he did not use his gift to preach the gospel, and that he had to be all things to all people, that he might save some.
Pastor Richard has served in the local church in various capacities such as: Children and Youth Minister, Sunday School Teacher, Men’s Minister, Steward Board Chairman, Choir Director, Associate Minister, and as a Church Planter.
While he has many accomplishments, his most important, besides having a relationship with Jesus Christ, includes being married to his beautiful, brilliant wife, and college sweetheart, Camille, and raising their three amazing children. God has given Pastor Richard a charge to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ uncompromisingly, to focus on reconciling individuals to Jesus, restoring families, revitalizing the community and reforming the church. He desires to be known as one who loves God and is motivated by love, to do everything he does.
Through the orchestration of the Holy Spirit, he became the Pastor of Oakland Mills Church of God on July 2, 2015 and taught his first Sunday service as Pastor on July 5, 2015. Pastor Richard also is an academic. He is currently an Associate Professor of Sociology at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He earned his bachelor’s degree from McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College) and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition, he has attended numerous Bible classes and pastor trainings throughout his years in ministry.
“I am simply a vessel that God has chosen at this time, in this location, and in this season, to continue the movement that God started: The Love Movement. My wife Camille, my children and I, are excited to know that God can use us to continue the work that He started, and focus on equipping the body and helping others to be all that God wants them to be. It is my desire as Paul desired, to be “all things to all people that I might save some.” In that, I am not into dogmas, denominations, religion, or pleasing people. It’s all about pleasing Jesus and displaying His love through my life.”