|Rev. Lorenza Andrade Smith stands just 4 feet 11 inches tall, but she carries a high profile and lifts the hearts of many, through her highly unusual ministry of living on the streets. Ms. Smith, 43, lobbied for and finally obtained from Bishop Jim Dorff an appointment to street ministry. In the summer of 2011, she opened up the parsonage where she’d been living, invited her congregation, family and friends to help themselves to her possessions, sold her car, and began living on the San Antonio streets, with no salary. (Source: United Methodist Reporter, 5/16/13)
Prior to her current ministry, Rev. Smith has led several lives: a US Air Force Cadet, a housewife and mother, and a pastor of a Westlawn UMC congregation in San Antonio. She has been a long-time advocate for social justice, beginning in her small Brownsville church. Even before her street ministry, Rev. Smith was arrested in a Dream Act sit-in. She also spent a night in jail after being ticketed for sleeping on a park bench. She is a passionate voice on homelessness and immigration issues. If you can’t attend Annual Conference and would like to know about Rev. Smith’s ministry, join her on Facebook:
We are so pleased that Rev. Lorenza Andrade Smith will share some of her journey with us at the Peace and Justice Luncheon!