Pastor James Smith, with wife Suzie
I was born on February 28th, 1975 in the city of Lévis situated on the South of the city of Quebec, in the province of Quebec, in Canada.
I grew up in a single parent family, thus only with my mother. My youth was very hard because, having no father to teach me of good things in the life and a mother who always worked, I received my education on the street and this led (drove) me to a really not beautiful life with my main learning being of things which a young man should not know.
Towards the age of 16 years, my boss who was a manager in a restaurant PFK, spoke to me about Lord Jesus and had it demonstrate my fishermen's state in front of God, and that I needed a rescuer, to be reconciled with God, to be washed from my sins, by repentance and especially by God's forgiveness in my life. After three months of deep reflection, I recognized my fisherman's state, I recognized to need a rescuer, I recognized that only the death and Christ's blood could me given the forgiveness of my sins and that only Jesus, by His death and His resurrection, could me given access with God.Three weeks after my conversion to Lord Jesus, I began to testify of my faith in my grammar school and especially which God could given the eternal life has those who asked for it to him(her) and it regretted of the former(old) life.
Since my conversion, I brought several people to the Lord. But, I found that to lead them only to Him was not sufficient for me because my Master (Teacher) told me in His word..... Go, make all the nations, followers of Christ, baptizing them in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all that I prescribed you. I am with you every day, up to the end of the world. (Matthew 28:19-20).
This then will led them to the Lord, but I did not lead them to take a serious commitment to follow the Lord and moreover, I did not teach them all that the Lord had taught me. Thus, if I really wanted to obey that which was in the deepest parts of my heart from the Lord The Lord spoke to me saying plant a church to make completely His will.As for my call, for the setting-up of the church, God place in me an incredible passion for His work and all that I understand in His work. Thus, for me, the evangelization, follower's training (formation), follower's multiplication (increase) as well as the setting-up (presence) of church and the education (teaching) of the Bible are not an obligation (bond) in my life, they are not a burden but, rather, they are an incredible passion which burns within me and for the rest of my life I want to serve my Lord, my King, my Savior and especially Love of my life, Lord Jesus.
My life at present, is hard because I have to work to meet the needs for my wife and for my 2 daughters. Furthermore, I have to take care of a small congregation about 30 people and of the follow-up of the followers. If it is the will of the one that I love, I desire that I could serve Him in full-time ministry.
My wife Suzie Saulnier, works in a Christian school in Quebec. I have two daughters, Jessica is 17 years old and
Josiane 14 years old. Both, go to the Christian school where my wife works, and and three of them love the Lord fervently.
God Bless, James.