Bishop Edward A. Smith, Zoe Christian Fellowship, “Helping Abandoned Former Foster Youth, a Collaborative Approach”
Edward A. Smith was born in Los Angeles, California. He received Jesus Christ as his personal Savior in February 1973. He spent the first eleven years of his Christian life sitting under the teaching ministry of Dr. Frederick K.C. Price, Founder/Pastor of Crenshaw Christian Center, Los Angeles, California.
Edward Smith spent seven years as an instructor of Zoe Christian Leadership Training Center and served as an Elder and Executive Board member under the tutelage of Bishop Frank L. Stewart. Pastor Ed was ordained into the gospel ministry by Bishop Stewart in November 1982. In 1986 Bishop Stewart was led by the Lord to finance Pastor Ed and Vanessa’s first overseas missions’ trip. Bishop Stewart was also instrumental in preparing Pastor Ed for ministry, which led to Pastor Ed starting Zoe Christian Fellowship of Cerritos in 1989. This would be the first church plant to come from Zoe Christian Fellowship of Los Angeles with a prominent focus on missions’ outreach. In 1995, Pastor Ed and the members of Zoe moved to their present church complex in Whittier, thereby becoming Zoe Christian Fellowship of Whittier.
Antioch Missions International, a division of Zoe, has made Zoe one of the premier African American missions’ churches in the country. AMI has sent over 3000 people on short term missions’ trips and has invested over three million dollars in missionary funding and development. Through AMI Zoe supports twenty-five missionaries in sixteen countries. AMI probably supports more African American missionaries than any other church in America.
In 2009 Pastor Ed partnered with Pastor Bill Winston of Living Word Christian Center, Illinois to head up the Joseph Business School in the Los Angeles Region. He led the first South African Government sponsored trip of Black entrepreneurs to South Africa and was spotlighted by CNN Headline News for his ministry involvement there.
The ministry of Pastor Ed Smith has focused on helping individuals discover their potential and live their life for God’s purpose. Over the last twenty years hundreds of youth in the church have attended college and scores of members have excelled by becoming leaders and bringing the gospel of the kingdom to every part of society; in business, government, entertainment, etc. A strong part of the foundation of Pastor Ed’s ministry is in the area of prayer. His teaching on prayer has been motivating in leading both his church and broader communities to make changes in their life and in the world through the power of prayer. In 2013 Pastor Ed expanded his ministry with the inclusion of Awyken, a certified Christian life coaching and personal development ministry. In 2016 Pastor Ed was ordained Bishop of Zoe Association International.
Pastor Ed earned a BA in Applied Mathematics and a MBA in Marketing/Finance from UCLA. He is much sought after as speaker for conferences and seminars in the U.S., as well as abroad. He was invited to Russia in 1995 to participate in training the staff of the fourth largest bank in Russia. His speaking/ministry engagements have taken him to Japan, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, and South Africa.
Pastor Ed has been married to Vanessa Smith since 1975 and is blessed to have four wonderful children: Joshua (Marsee), Eddie, Aaron, and Naomi, as well as 3 grandsons: Josue, A.J., and Angelo.
Please join us from 6:00-8:30PM, on Wednesday, October 23, at the Bellevue residence of BRC member Steve McConnell. We will be having a casual evening of beer, brats, and lively conversation. Brats are being catered by Dante’s Inferno Dogs, and Oktoberfest beer is being provided by a craft brewer. If you prefer wine, please BYOB.
The cost is $25 per person/ticket, and guests are welcome! Since this event is being held at a private residence, registration is required for you and your guest(s). Tickets can be paid for online with a credit card or charged to your Rotary account. When you register online, you will receive a confirmation email with the location of this fun fellowship event.
Questions? Contact John Fisher.
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Thank you to Paul Dressel and Stan Kehl for providing photos from this month’s Harvest Against Hunger work party. Thank you also to all who participated. (Click photos for larger images)
The next Bellevue Rotary Harvest Against Hunger Work Party is Saturday, December 14. As usual, this is a great way to be a part of a hands-on project that helps people in our own community. All Rotarians, family members and friends are invited to help! (Children must be at least 3rd grade or 9 years old.) Sign up by visiting the Harvest Against Hunger website and clicking on the sign-up link for the date of the work party in which you wish to participate.
The holidays will be upon us before we know it! As such, it’s time to start planning our annual holiday program.
We are looking for talent of any kind – musicians, actors, dancers, impersonators, or general silliness that is entertaining – anything to amuse the group and endear yourself to your fellow Rotarians — especially if you’re new to the club!
The BRC Annual Holiday Program (the best darn holiday program in the whole wide world!) is Tuesday, December 17, during our regular luncheon meeting, in the Maggiano’s banquet room. Guests are welcome!
The club will get to enjoy some good, wholesome entertainment during the holidays through your willingness to share your gifts, eccentricities and/or hidden talents!
Please contact Matt Camrud by Friday, November 1, if you think you or someone you know can participate, even if they are not Rotarians.
The next Bellevue Rotary Book Group discussion will be Wednesday, November 6, from 6:30‑9:00PM. It will be hosted by Katherine Thompson at her centrally located Downtown Bellevue office, in Heritage Bank, 10500 NE 8th St, Suite 1500. The book for discussion is “Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice,” by Bill Browder.
If you have an ODD numbered birth year, please bring a bottle of wine to share.
If you (your partner) plan on participating, please RSVP to Margaret Doman.
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“I don’t know anything about investment banking except what Browder has taught me in Red Notice, yet as a reader I was fully engaged by the book’s monumental presentation of the risks, rewards, and personal and financial dangers of doing business in Russia … An unusually affecting book … What Browder says he intends to do now is to ‘carry on creating a legacy for Sergei [Magnitsky] and pursuing justice for his family.’ A book as resounding as Red Notice may be a step in that direction.” (Christian Science Monitor)
“A tale that makes the dirty dealings of House of Cards look like Snow White.” (The Toronto Star)
“Hard to put down … Red Notice is part John Grisham-like thriller, part business and political memoir.” (Andrew Ross Sorkin, The New York Times)
“Reads like a classic thriller, with an everyman hero alone and in danger in a hostile foreign city … but it’s all true.” (Lee Child, bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series)
“In Red Notice, Bill Browder tells the harrowing and inspiring story of how his fight for justice in Russia made him an unlikely international human rights leader and Vladimir Putin’s number-one enemy. It is the book for anyone interested in understanding the culture of corruption and impunity in Putin’s Russia today, and Browder’s heroic example of how to fight back.” (Senator John McCain )
“This indispensable look at the brutal realities of the Putin regime is of even greater relevance, thanks to Bill Browder’s unique expertise and personal experience inside the belly of the beast.” (Garry Kasparov, Chess Grandmaster and author of How Life Imitates Chess)