Rufus Smith

Senior Pastor/Executive Staff, Hope Church

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Rufus joined the Hope staff September 1, 2010. Before moving to Memphis and Hope, he served 12 years as the Sr. Pastor of City of Refuge Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC), a diverse, dynamic and socially active congregation. In addition, he served 3 years as the lead Chaplain for the NBA Houston Rockets and advises on four other local and national Boards. He was ordained in 1988 and studied at Houston Baptist University majoring in Theology and Psychology and his passion is preaching, teaching and discipleship development. He loves baseball, reading, fishing and walking, but his claim to fame and fun is his wife Jacqueline of 30 years along with their three adult children, Ruth Abigail, Rufus V and Rhoda.