Bishop Luke A. Smith, answered the call of ministry at the age of 18, at which time he enrolled as a student of Indiana Bible College. A short time later, he had the opportunity to take his first mission trip to the Philippines, where he met his beautiful bride, Annaliza Almeda-Smith. During their 24 years of marriage, the Smiths have traveled the world together, preaching revivals, conducting marriage seminars and training leaders in over 15 different nations, as well as numerous states here in the U.S. Bishop Smith has also spent over 15 years working as a Chaplain, specializing in grief counseling, and is a member of the Philippine National Police Chaplaincy Department, serving as an International Advisor.
Throughout Bishop Smith’s ministry, he has served in several positions within the Apostolic World Christian Fellowship, including 6 years as the AWCF Youth President, 5 years as the International Director, and 7 years on the Executive Committee. He has worked alongside his father, Bishop Samuel L. Smith, AWCF Chairman Emeritus, planning and conducting World Conferences here in the U.S. and internationally for over 20 years. He is the newly appointed Bishop and General Chairman of the Fellowship.
Bishop Smith is also the Senior Pastor of GracePoint Church, located in Evansville, Indiana, where he and his wife have served for over 15 years. Bishop has worked in his city, “Building Bridges for Racial Reconciliation”, where he has worked with over 70 Churches to bring unity to the Body of Christ.
He is the son-in-law of Evangelist Wilde Almeda, who is the Founder and Senior Pastor of the Jesus Miracle Crusade International Ministry. JMCIM has a membership of millions throughout the Philippines and worldwide, having churches in over 52 countries; Bishop Luke and Sis. Anna travel as representatives of her father, ministering and offering support to many of these churches worldwide.
Bishop Luke and Sister Anna’s greatest joy is being the proud parents of 6 amazing and talented children, 5 biological and 1 daughter-in-law, each of whom are currently serving in ministry.