Terry A. Smith is the Lead Pastor of The Life Christian Church in West Orange, New Jersey. Ordained in 1985, Pastor Terry evokes a practical, insightful and engaging preaching style and is widely recognized by his motivating passion for leadership. Since his arrival at the TLCC in 1991, this dynamic, multi-cultural non-denominational church has experienced significant growth and impact in the community. Pastor Terry and TLCC have been mentioned in several books, magazines, and case studies as leading innovators and thinkers in the church world. Led by his vision to build a culturally relevant ministry, The Life Christian Church is in the process of building a new eight-acre campus on a major thoroughfare in West Orange, just thirteen miles from Manhattan’s Times Square.
Pastor Terry’s first book, “TEN – How Would You Rate Your Life”, has recently been released. TEN explores the essential bond between getting better at life as an individual and helping others get better at theirs.
As a younger man, Pastor Terry traveled around the U.S. and internationally building youth ministries, speaking at hundreds of churches, and holding crusades at high schools and colleges about critical issues facing younger age groups. He currently speaks nationally and internationally at pastoral and leadership conferences and seminars. He serves, and has served, on the Board of various organizations including The New York City Leadership Center.
Pastor Terry has been married to his wife, Sharon, for 28 years, and they have three adult children: Sumerr, Caleb, and Christian.
Pastor Terry has a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management/Church Studies and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership. For pleasure, Pastor Terry enjoys playing basketball and reading.