Jasmine Rose Smothers currently serves as the Lead Pastor of the historic Atlanta First United Methodist Church. She is the first female, the first person of color, and the youngest leader in the congregation’s 172-year history. Jasmine’s love for the urban center of the City of Atlanta; her dedication to inclusive church communities; and her call to help lead people to abundant life makes her appointment to Atlanta First a perfect fit!
Previously, she served as Associate Director for Congregational Vitality through the Office of Connectional Ministries in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. In this role, Rev. Jasmine partnered with congregational leaders to equip them for maximum effective ministry in church and community. Rev. Jasmine served as the primary staff resource for several ministry initiatives including working to increase the vitality of congregations; racial-ethnic ministries; and the development of young clergy leaders.
She has served the United Methodist Church as a member of the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race; the Ministry Study Commission; and several task forces on Ministry with Young People. Rev. Jasmine is a 2015-2016 Lewis Center for Church Leadership Community Fellow. Rev. Jasmine currently serves as a member of the United Methodist Church’s Commission on a Way Forward and is a 2018 alum of LEAD Atlanta.
In March 2017, Rev. Jasmine was inducted into Morehouse College’s prestigious Martin Luther King Jr Board of Preachers. Rev. Jasmine has been named one of the “12+ Preachers that the English Speaking World Needs Now” by Nevertheless She Preached.
Rev. Jasmine has also contributed to several publications and is the co-author, with Dr. F. Douglas Powe, Jr., of The Washington Post bestselling book, Not Safe For Church: The Ten Commandments for Reaching New Generations. Rev. Jasmine’s latest book, with Dr. Rodney T. Smothers and Rev. Lia McIntosh, “Blank Slate: Right Your Own Rules for a Twenty-Second Century Church Movement” is due out in March 2019.
Rev. Jasmine is a native of Atlanta, GA. She is an amateur shutterbug; loves music; spending time with her family and friends, and traveling the globe. Jasmine is a Birkman Certified Consultant. She is a graduate of Spelman College (B.A., Political Science) and Emory University’s Candler School of Theology (M.Div.).
Above all, Jasmine loves God, loves the Church, and is committed to “equipping the saints for the work of ministry” so that the world may know and be transformed through Christ!