Pastor Emeritus Juanita M. Smalley served as the Assistant Pastor of Macedonia Church of the Living God (CLG) for 41 years, under the direction of the late Reverend Dr. L. P. Richardson. During those years, she served the Church of the Living God in several local and state positions.
Upon the death of her aunt and our beloved founder, Reverend Dr. L. P. Richardson, on November 26, 1995, Elder Smalley was appointed as Pastor of Macedonia CLG by Bishop Jesse J. White, Sr., President General, Church of the Living God. In April 1996, she was consecrated as a Presiding Elder at the Florida State Assembly, Orlando, FL. She very graciously presided over four churches in the Leesburg district, from 1996-2005.
During her tenure as pastor, Pastor Emeritus Smalley instituted a holistic approach to ministry. She viewed each member as a unique individual, with varying abilities and needs. On a weekly basis, she trained thirteen other ministers.
For three years, Pastor Emeritus Smalley gave great leadership to the building of the new Macedonia facility, which was dedicated on June 8, 2002. Before the dedication of the edifice, Pastor Emeritus Smalley, Elder Dr. Shelia Y. Smalley and the congregation began plans to expand their efforts into a campus that would house a Christian school, family literacy center, gymnasium and wellness center to further enhance education, social and cultural opportunities for men, women and children in Lake and surrounding counties. Since the dedication, she was involved in exploring effective ways to meet the needs of the church membership and the community. Thus, several programs evolved out of this effort.
Macedonia Church of the Living God is paving a way for many that lost hope to foster relationships and to access resources to further the cause of humanity. The Church’s mission is to assist in meeting the needs of the community parallel with promoting opportunities to build the city of Leesburg. The members of Macedonia have a great work at hand and, as a purpose-driven church, they are striving to finish the work that has been assigned to each of them by the Almighty God.
On June 10, 2006, four years after the Church’s dedication, the Macedonianites united to celebrate the liquidation of all financial liability for the brick and mortar of this edifice. A grand Mortgage Burning Celebration was held at the church and well attended by community supporters, other church groups and governmental officials.
Pastor Emeritus Juanita M. Smalley’s services are not limited to Macedonia CLG, because her profile includes numerous services to her community. Also, she served as a food service manager for 11 years and a vocational education teacher for 26 years with Lake County Public Schools, from which she retired in June 1995. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach, FL, and a Master of Education degree in Vocational Administration from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
On May 18, 2013, Pastor Emeritus Juanita M. Smalley passed the Mantle of Pastorate to her daughter, Elder Dr. Shelia Y. Smalley. Pastor Emeritus Smalley still allows God to use her in many capacities in ministry at Macedonia.