President Dr. Cynthia P. Smith, Woman's Auxiliary President
Cynthia Perkins Smith is a proud, native Alabamian. She received her early education in the Bessemer Public
School System. Cynthia earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama and
continued studies at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Arkansas Baptist College of Little Rock
conferred the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters upon Mrs. Smith in August of 2019. Dr. Smith has taught in the Catholic and Public School Systems in Alabama and Michigan.
She served thirteen years as President of the Michigan District Baptist Association Minister’s Wives and
Widows and ten years President of the Woman’s Auxiliary of the Michigan District Baptist Association.
Dr. Smith is serving her tenth year as President of the B. M. & E. State Convention of Michigan, Women’s
Ministry. Cynthia completed twenty years of service, teaching Minister’s Wives in the National Baptist
Convention, Congress of Christian Education. She served more than a decade on the Oratorical Commission of
the Congress. In January 2015, she was appointed Midwest Region Vice President of The National Baptist
Convention, Woman’s Auxiliary under Dr. Hugh Dell Gatewood. In January 2017, President, Dr. Jerry Young
appointed Cynthia, President of the Woman’s Auxiliary.
Dr. Smith is a member of the historic New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan. Under the leadership of
her Husband/Pastor, Rev. Robert Smith, Jr., she is former Director of the Children’s Ministry (18 years), and
served as Kindergarten Sunday School Teacher in the Children’s Division for twenty- five years. She is actively
involved with the Christian Education Commission, the Women’s Ministry and Mission Ministry. In 2007 she
organized the Tuesday, Hour of Power Bible Study Group.
Cynthia was privileged to attend the Baptist World Alliance, Women’s Leadership Conference in Johannesburg,
South Africa, and The World Congress in Durban, South Africa in July 2015 and made the Spiritual Journey to
Israel with The Baptist World Alliance Women in November 2017. She serves on the Executive Board of the
Baptist Women of North America. She has received many accolades and honors including the “Grace A. Cobb
Missionary Award”, The Michigan Chronicle Salute to First Ladies Award and the B.M.& E. State Convention
Ushers Speakers Award.
Special speaking privileges include Nassau, Bahamas, Frankfurt, Germany, Brooklyn, New York, Houston,
Texas, The All Baptist Assembly in Raleigh, North Carolina, the Alabama State Convention in Selma, Alabama,
New Hope Baptist Church, Jackson, Mississippi, the Equipping the Saints Conference in Shreveport, Louisiana
and the E.C. Morris Minister’s Institute in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Dr. Cynthia Perkins Smith and Pastor Robert Smith, Jr. celebrated 48 years of marriage on December 23rd.
They have four adult children, Sherique, Conderidge, Terique and Erma (god-daughter). The joys of her life are
her five grandchildren, Joshua, Austin, Grace, Lauren and Josiah.
The Expression of God’s love is demonstrated in the person of Sister Cynthia Diane Perkins Smith. You can
read more about Sis. Smith’s journey in her autobiography, “Just Let Me Tell You”.