Pastor Gloria Cline-Smythe
The Rev. Gloria Cline-Smythe received her Seminary education at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, PA where she graduated in December 2013, with a Certificate in Theological Studies. Her Clinical Pastoral Education was at the Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham, MD. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Sierra Leone.
She was installed at Good Samaritan Lutheran Church, 10110 Greenbelt Road, Lanham, MD on February, 9, 2014, as the Pastor.
Pastor Gloria enjoys preaching, listening to church music, and working among seniors and women. She has a passion for creating an awareness among women of early detection of breast cancer especially within the immigrant community. She maintains a sustained interest in this health concern as it was her project in Seminary.
In her spare time she volunteers within the community, particularly helping new elderly immigrants from her country of origin, to settle down and get a better understanding of the system in which they now find themselves. Her hobbies include reading different translations of the Bible, visiting museums, historical old churches, researching African and contemporary music, being with family, especially her only son and his son, whom she delights in teaching about his African roots and traditions. The oldest of six siblings, our Pastor keeps in daily contact with them here as well as with her country of origin, Sierra Leone, West Africa.