Lady Zellene Latimore Smith is the first presiding First Lady of the Central Georgia District, Church of God by Faith. She is the seventh child of nine siblings, born to Mr. Marion B. And Sadie Ruth Latimore of Byron, Georgia. She attended elementary and high school in Fort Valley, Georgia (Peach County). After graduating high school, she attended Fort Valley State University where she received a B.S. Degree in Business Administration in 1977.
Lady Zellene married at an early age. From that union, she had four children; Natalie, Cenise, Brian, and Alfred. She was employed by Fort Valley State University Financial Office for five years. She was later employed by Brown and Williams Tobacoo Company in Macon, Georgia; where she retired after twenty eight years of dedication and service.
At the age of 40, the Lord started to deal with her and Lady Zellene realized she needed a savior. She accepted the Lord as her personal savior and asked Jesus to come into her heart in 1993. She was extremely helpful and dedicated to the new mission that was starting in Fort Valley under the leadership of the Late Dexter Marshall. Pastor Marshall appointed her as the financial secretary where she served for 18 years. She also served as the adult Sunday School teacher for 18 years. She later volunteered to be an usher, serving for 10 years. She served in various offices for over a decade until the Lord saw fit to bless her with a husband.
She later married Dr. Charlie C. Smith and walked in her role as a new pastor's wife. A year later the Lord elevated her husband to walk in the office of a Superintendent. Now she has an even greater role as a Superintendents wife. Lady Zellene learned a very valuable lesson about God: number one, be careful what you ask God for and number two, it doesn't take God long to do anything. Lady Zellene continues to work tirelessly by Superintendent Smith's side as he allow God to use him to lead God's people through the preaching of the gospel and to build the kingdom of God. Lady Zellene is loved by her local church as well as the Central Georgia District.
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