Our Team

Pastor John Smith — President & Chief Encouragement Officer

Mobile: 616-304-8543     Email: jsmith@pastorcarewm.org

Dr. John W. Smith was born and raised in a loving Christian family in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Western Michigan University, his Masters of Divinity from Western Theological Seminary, and his Doctor of Ministry from California Graduate School of Theology. Dr. Smith served for twenty three years as the pastor of New Life Community Church in Sayville, Long Island, NY.

For the first eight years he served as Associate Pastor, followed by fifteen years as Senior Pastor. His pastoral ministry journey includes wonderful favor, incredible blessings, spiritual and emotional growth, deep wounding, inner healing, forgiveness, restoration, and transformation. He gives God all the glory and praise!

On January 6, 2002 God called Dr. Smith to leave New Life Community Church and go to a new thing He would show him. Dr. Smith embraced God’s call and made it official with the Vice President of the Board that same day. On February 17, 2002, God gave him a new calling and vision to become a pastor to pastors and their families. For more than a decade, Dr. Smith has have been living out his calling and passion to come alongside pastors, spouses, ministry leaders and families as a confidential coach and encourager.

Dr. Smith uses the term “Confidential Coaching,” to describe the service he provides to pastors and their families. He embraces the unique way God has wired him. He enjoys initiating contact with pastors and making “house calls.” He lets the pastor choose the meeting place where the pastor feels safe and comfortable. When possible, he even travels some distance to meet with the pastor and family on their turf. Another unique feature is that Pastor John becomes friends with the pastors and families he coaches. It is normal for Pastor John to develop long lasting relationships with the pastors he coaches. See the Services page for more details.

Pastor Lorenzo Miguel — Hispanic Ministries Director

Mobile: 616-304-6310     Email: lmiguel@pastorcarewm.org

Rev. Lorenzo Miguel has been faithfully serving on the PastorCare West Michigan Board of Directors for the past several years. Rev. Miguel is a seasoned pastor and teacher who has earned the respect and love of the Hispanic pastors in West Michigan. We are so thankful that God, in His mercy and grace, called Lorenzo to join the PastorCare West Michigan Ministry Team as our Hispanic Ministries Director. He will focus on Spanish speaking pastors and their families. Lorenzo serves as the Resources Liaison as the Urban Church Leadership Center, at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.

From the beginning of my Christian life, later in the ministry, God’s grace allow me to serve others (no denominational boundaries) in their different needs, and with pastors in showing them ways to be blessed through job, books, training, Bible Institute, Seminary, counseling. I hope, through PCWM as a channel of God’s direction, counseling, coaching I want to be a vessel for my Spanish community in any capacity God wants to use me for His glory and community blessings”. Again, thank you for allowing me to serve God and His kingdom.    ~~~Lorenzo

Angela Denison — Chief Inspiration Officer

Mobile: 616-304-3890      Email: adenison@pastorcarewm.org

Angela Denison chooses to be the most colorful crayon in the box every time!

Angela celebrates and enjoys life in living, vibrant color! When you spend time with Angela, or when you hear her speak, you will be inspired, encouraged, and challenged from God’s Word. God gifted and anointed Angela as a Prophet, Evangelist, and Teacher (Ephesians 4:11).

The Holy Spirit has filled Angela with a passion to speak from her heart, out of her life experience, and through practical biblical insight. She is passionately addressing some of the difficult issues that are happening in the lives of people in the church. Angela has both the life experience and the courage to bring these issues to the light inside the church. Angela is a friend and an asset to pastors who seek to lead and build healthy churches.

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