Dr. E. Dewey Smith, Jr. Appoints The First Woman Lead Pastor At The House Of Hope!!
Reader Dr. E. Dewey Smith Senior Pastor of The House Of Hope Atlanta has caused some confusion among the members with the appointment of Pastor Jennifer Carner as the ministry's new lead pastor. Now, I'm wondering why this slightly misleading title "Lead Pastor" was used as opposed to "Executive Pastor", which better captures the job description that they have provided. I think seeing as how a Senior Pastor and a Lead Pastor are usually understood to be the same thing. Just my thoughts!
(You can read about it here)
Anyhow this appointment by Dr. E. Dewey Smith, Jr., marks the first time in the church’s 141-year history that a woman has been tapped to serve as the Lead Pastor – overseeing all day to day operations. Prior to Pastor Carner being named Lead Pastor, both Dr. Smith and his predecessor, Rev. H. F. Shepherd, selected women to serve in key positions such as Director of Ministry Operations, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Christian Education. What sets this appointment apart is that it marks the first time that a woman will have oversight with making sure that all of the ministry’s endeavors, ministry planning and business ventures are undertaken with consideration from pastoral, biblical and business perspectives.