2010-07-28 / Columnists
Amityville & More
Our Piece of the World
Amityville, the Friendly Village, attracts people and then they become part of the colorful mosaic that forms this beautiful place on the south side of Long Island. Whatever the reason we come here, once we get a taste of this well seasoned soufflé we either go, quickly, or stay! I spoke to Rev. Stanley Gordon Smith, of Bethel A.M.E. in Copiague and asked him how he was doing as he enters his third year of service.
“We are excited about being Long Islanders and doing all that we can, to make this community all that it can be,” he said. "It’s magnetic!"
He and his wife, Wanda E. Smith, have been married for 36 years and have been bl e ss ed with two wonderful children, Carlton Michael Smith, Esq. and Nicole Marie Smith. Nicole has given them a grandchild, Mariah Nicole, 9, who is the apple of their eyes. Theydid not follow them to this area; they still live in their home in Pennsylvania. Mrs. Smith retired from Proctor & Gamble when they moved.
Before coming to Bethel, Rev. Smith pastored St. John’s A.M.E. Church of Niagara Falls, and Allen A.M.E. Church of Oxford, Pa. He served as President of the Niagara Falls NAACP, VP of the Niagara Falls Ministerial Council, Commissioner for the Niagara Falls Housing Authority and was a board member of HANCI (Health Assoc. of Niagara County, Inc). Prior to those assignments he was an associate minister of the Bethel A.M.E Church in Bryn Mawr, Pa.. It was there he was licensed to preach. He served on the Ministerial Efficiency Committee, was a Conference Trustee and the Area Christian Education Director.
He is an ordained Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, born in Philadelphia and educated in Philadelphia’s public school system. Serving on the Mayor’s Transition team and Advisory Board, he was involved in the Couples United in Christ, Promise Keepers and the Mainline Black Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance. Thiswonderful Reverend was formerly employed for many years as an account executive with Government programs at Aetna until he went into the ministry full time. He has a bachelor’s in business administration and a Master’s of Divinity. He is pursuing his Doctorial studies at Payne Seminary and holds several certificates from other institutions.
Come, taste and see what the Lord has done for me! Services are Sundays at 10 a.m. and Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m., and starting in August, Thursdays at 12 noon at 20 Simmons St., Copiague, N.Y. “We welcome you, into this place, the Holy Spirit we want you to embrace, at Bethel A.M.E.”