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Rev. Brian K. Blackwell is honored to serve as pastor of Saint Paul Smithfield!  He is an itinerant elder of the AME Church, and earned his Master of Divinity from the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) with honors, and Bachelor of Science degree from the Florida A&M University School of Business and Industry, magna cum laude graduate. 

In addition to serving the wonderful people of Saint Paul, Rev. Blackwell also serves as Comptroller of the Ninth Episcopal District (State of Alabama) of the AME Church, as Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Daniel Payne Legacy Village Foundation, a member of the Finance Committee of the Birmingham-Florence-Tuscaloosa District, and a member of the Northwest-Alabama Annual Conference Board of Examiners.  Rev. Blackwell has also served as pastor of the following congregations in Alabama:  St Mark Guerryton Community Hurtsboro, St Paul Lanett, and St Luke Birmingham.


Prior to answering the call to ministry, Rev. Blackwell worked in several finance and business analyst roles in Corporate America with Mead, CP Kelco, and McMaster-Carr.   He has used this wide-ranging experience for the edification of God’s Kingdom, and has been honored for his work by several noteworthy organizations including the Metro-Birmingham Chapter of the NAACP as a 2011 Man of Distinction. 


Rev. Blackwell is married to Attorney Lynita Mitchell Blackwell, and they are the blessed parents of Angelica Gwendolyn.


Personal Message from Our Pastor

I am excited to serve Saint Paul, and humbled and grateful to our Bishop, the Rev. Dr. Harry Seawright for this marvelous opportunity!  Please feel free to contact me with your thoughts and ideas on how we may best minister to the Body of Christ and share God's message of endearing love.  

Building for the Kingdom!

Rev. Brian Blackwell

Message from

Our First Lady

We are delighted to be united with Saint Paul Smithfield.  Angelica and I are committed to working with the ministries of this beloved church, and supporting our pastor, and devoted father and husband, Rev. Blackwell.

With great love and admiration,

Lynita Mitchell Blackwell

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