The Reverend Denise M. Smith-Blue, Pastor & Bro. Samuel L. Blue, First Gentleman
Born on January 22 to the parentage of the late Ms. Olivia Easley and the late Mr. Cleveland Minor, Jr., Rev. Blue is the first of their children. After attending Palm Beach High School and being in the first graduating class of Twin Lakes High School (the onset of integration and school mergers) in West Palm Beach, FL, she furthered her education at Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, FL with a degree in Business Education. She further studied at Florida’s Nova University in Educational Leadership.
The love of the AME Church has been prevalent within her life. Being a lifelong member of Payne Chapel AME Church, she diligently worked as a youth with the YPD and the Youth Choir. After returning back to Payne she has faithfully served and held offices in the Lay Organization from the local level to the Connectional level. She has also served on the New Genesis Usher Board, the Steward Board, Church Clerk, Christian Education Director and as the editor of the church’s publication, “The Chapel News.”
Mrs. Smith-Blue has been a strong member and held leadership positions in all of the cognate branches of The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Florida, serving from the local level to the national level including the Order of the Eastern Star, The Heroines of Jericho, The Lady Knights and the Daughters of Sphinx. Her most accomplished was as The Grand Worthy Matron of the Royal Grand Chapter – Order of the Eastern Star – State of Florida, Supreme Conductress of the Supreme Chapter-OES – USA, leading several committees on the Supreme level and currently serves as the Supreme First Associate Matron. She is also proud of being a member of the Glades Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Professionally, she has been a Social Worker for the Orange County Government, has worked for Orange County Public Schools in Adult Education, Martin County Public Schools in Adult Education and Middle School, and Palm Beach County Schools as a Reading, Math and a Business Teacher currently at John F. Kennedy Middle School. Throughout her career in Education she has participated in numerous training programs and workshops, achieved certification in Business Education, ESOL, Clinical Education and Florida Performance Measurement System (FPMS). Previously, she has served her school as After-School Director, Safe School Facilitator, Activities Committee Member, School Advisory Committee, AIMS Leadership Team, Director of the Middle School Course Recovery Program and currently as School Advisory Committee Coordinator. Periodically, she has assisted with the Palm Beach County Classroom Teachers Association Professional Development Training Committee facilitating Instructional Strategies that Work. Mrs. Smith-Blue has been recognized professionally as JFKMS Teacher of the Month, SECME Administrator of the Year and by a former Superintendent of Palm Beach County for student achievement.
Rev. Blue is a busy woman, a business woman and a God-fearing woman who loves and trusts the Lord immensely! When asked “How do you know ‘for sure” that you have been called to the ministry?” Her answer is this: “I only know for sure in my heart and spirit. I am going to walk this path by faith, not sight. Did I have some kind of dramatic experience? No, but it was an experience.” She has served on the ministerial staff at Payne Chapel A.M.E. Church under the guidance of the Reverend Milton Broomfield and Rev. Henry E. Green, III. Currently she is a student of Payne Theological Seminary, Wilberforce, OH pursuing the Master of Divinity degree.
Denise M. Smith-Blue was ordained as an Itinerant Deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal Church on October 10, 2013 under Bishop Adam Jefferson Richardson, Presiding Prelate of the Eleventh Episcopal District of the A.M.E. Church. Planting and pastoring the church in the city of Port St. Lucie, FL, New Sanctuary Payne A.M.E. Church, “The Sanctuary” is the vision given to her by God. To God be the glory! Every praise and total praise is to our God. . .