Acts 20:24 (NASB) reads, “But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God.”
This Scripture aptly describes who and what Willie R. Smith is at his core—a Child of God, redeemed in the Blood of Christ. Raised in Shiloh, GA, in a house with his mother and seven older sisters, Willie grew up surrounded by unconditional love. No matter what hardships his family encountered, they followed God’s Command in John 15:12: to love each other, just as Christ loves us. He was 15 years old when he learned that he was a sinner going to Hell and about God’s saving grace through His only Son Jesus Christ to save him. At a revival service, he felt the call of God to surrender his life to Christ. Several years later in His walk, Willie read 1 Corinthians 15:10 which showed him that God had accepted him for who he is now in Christ Jesus and forever without any reservations. The next thirty years would reveal that this was only the beginning of his ministry to come.
Although he was just recently ordained as a Missionary of the Gospel of Christ, Willie has been teaching and preaching the gospel to audiences from all over for over 20 years. Having served as a member of several ministry missions, a host of various Bible study groups, and the Assistant Pastor with The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Gainesville, GA, he was guided by God’s Grace to conceptualize what it means to be a “New Creation.” His teachings carefully explain the significance of being a New Creation in God and how to live this new identity in Christ.
In 2016, Christ called Willie to serve full-time as a missionary, offering faith-based discipleship and pastoral counseling on the Navajo Reservation. Willie answered Christ’s call, rejecting his comfortable life for the life to which God called him. Ever since that calling, Willie has come to understand what it means to be crucified with Christ and daily walks in faith to what God wants. Accompanied by his two daughters, Hannah and Halle, Willie forsook 23 years of working at DeKalb Medical to serve Christ. Willie created and serves as the President of New Creation 517, Inc.; a 501(c)(3) non – profit, discipleship, faith-based organization and ministry.
As Christ asks all of us to do, Willie now lives according to Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart.” He first and foremost delights in God, and trust that God will faithfully provide for every single one of his and his family’s needs. Now joined by his wife, Shengxi, Willie attests to God’s glory in his life, and the two of them have made it their life’s mission to counsel others in their wonderful walk with Christ.