Church welcomes new pastor

DOWNEY - Dr. Stanley D. Smith will preach his first Sunday service at Downey Memorial Christian Church after he was chosen to lead by vote of the congregation.Smith retired in 2011 after 19 years as senior pastor of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Orange. A graduate of Chapman University (BA in philosophy, 1967) and Claremont School of Theology (doctor of religion - pastoral psychology and counseling, 1974), he has had extensive experience in leading retreats, conferences and camps, as well as administrative and pastoral work. He has also served churches in Glendora, Whittier and Lafayette (Northern California) and was adjunct faculty and supervisor pastor for Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. He is currently doing interim pastorates and congregational consulting. A California native, Smith grew up in Glendora and it was through his involvement in youth work that he became interested in the ministry. He is married to Renee Bidwell and together they have four children and three grandchildren.

********** Published: January 17, 2013 - Volume 11 - Issue 40