Pastor larry smith

Since May 2017, the New Life Pulpit Committee has met more than 34 times, received and reviewed 33 applications, collectively listened to more than 40 sermons, and conducted several rounds of interviews with multiple candidates. Most importantly, we have prayerfully depended upon the Holy Spirit to provide wisdom, unity, and guidance in this process. Last month, we said farewell to Pastor John Julien, our much-loved founding pastor of 33+ years. While we will miss him greatly, we are looking forward with hope to the next chapter in our church’s story. 


We believe that God has led us in this process and we are excited to present Pastor Larry Smith, as our pastoral candidate for consideration and vote by the New Life congregation.

About pastor larry

Larry Smith is currently the Community Life and Foreign Missions Pastor at Epiphany Fellowship, located near Temple University’s campus in North Philadelphia, where he has served since 2009. In this role, Larry oversees all aspects of the body life, including discipleship and training for leadership. He is also passionate and active in the Pastoral Training Institute of Africa in Malawi, working with pastors and church planters to develop healthy, Christ-centered churches in Africa.

Larry and his wife Harriette have made their home in Philadelphia for nearly 30 years with their family.  He holds an M.Div. from Westminster Seminary, is a gifted preacher and has served in urban, multi-ethnic churches since 1984. Larry and Harriette use their gifts in counseling to support and strengthen marriages in the church.

New Life’s vision as an urban, multi-ethnic church captured Larry's interest and called him to apply. Those who know Larry best commended his strong focus on building the multi-ethnic church, his commitment to discipleship and small groups, and his deep scholarly engagement with scripture. He loves Philadelphia, is a self-professed Greek-geek, and is passionate about urban apologetics.

why we recommend pastor larry

We have recommended Pastor Larry because he is an experienced biblical preacher with a heart for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His love for the people and the City of Philadelphia is evident. We also feel he is well-equipped to lead us in this time of transition and to help us achieve the goals of our vision and mission statements. We have seen God’s hand at work in this process very clearly, and we hope that in the coming weeks each of you can get to know him, listen to his sermons, read his book, and talk to him.

what's next?  

Get to know Pastor Larry ONLINE.

To listen to Pastor Larry’s sermons, which we encourage you to do, either use your Podcast app to search for “Epiphany Fellowship” and find a sermon by Larry Smith, or go to and click on “sermons” and then choose one by Larry Smith.

For your convenience, we have also included direct links to a few of his sermons:

Hope is on the Way                                        Preparing for the Presence of God

The Upside Down Kingdom                             A Call to War

Living What You Believe                                                           

To read Pastor Larry’s book, "Jesus Life", visit this link.

Meet Pastor Larry IN PERSON.

June 24- Congregational Meeting to vote on candidate.

*Meetings are also being scheduled with staff, elders, Olney Christian School, young adults and other interested groups/ministries. 

For more information about the candidate or this process, email or contact a Committee Member.

Click here for our previously posted timeline and updates.

Click here for the originally posted job description.

New Life Church

425 E. Roosevelt Blvd.

Phila., PA 19120


A Congregation of the PCA

(Presbyterian Church in America)