Reverend Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr, Pastor Emeritus
Covenant United Church of Christ
Anointed, gifted, leader, teacher, virtuoso, maestro, scholar, theologian, professor, revivalist, activist, entrepreneur, counselor, friend, and pastor are just a few of the words that describe the Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. Dr. Smith, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, is a well-respected and loved pastor and musician. Known for his phenomenal and heart-provoking saxophone playing, Rev. Smith is an equally gifted preacher who is sought out for revivals across the country. His unique ability to combine his music and his invigorating interpretation of the gospel message has brought hope and encouragement to God’s people everywhere.
Dr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Langston University and a Master of Education in Music degree from the University of Memphis. Leaving his career and business behind, Dr. Smith left Memphis and moved to Chicago to pursue his call to the ministry under the tutelage of Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Jr. Rev. Smith received his Master of Divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago and Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary, Dayton OH.
In 1996, he accepted God’s call to pastor Covenant United Church of Christ, a new church start in South Holland, IL. Since that first Sunday, Covenant has grown by leaps and bounds now standing as the fastest growing and one of the largest churches in the United Church of Christ with over 3500 members. Dr. Smith serves as an adjunct professor of ministry and D. Min. advisor at McCormick Theological Seminary. Currently, Dr. Smith serves on the Advisory Board Alliance for Christian Media, South Suburban Hospital.
More important than all of these, Dr. Smith was a loving husband to his late devoted wife and partner in ministry Barbara Westbrooks-Smith, and the father of three children Lauran, Dr. Ozzie III, Brian and his three grandchildren, Westbrook, Aulden and Emerson.