Thursday, May 19, 2011
I am who I am: The Timothy Lee Jackson-Smith Interview
Who is Timothy Lee Jackson-Smith?
Timothy Lee Jackson-Smith is an apostle, a spiritual father and an upcoming author..
When did you get called into the ministry?
oh wow i got called into the ministry when i was a lil boy but i answered the called at the age of 12..
So do you feel like since you answered the call at such a young agae you were not alloted the time to be a normal kid?
Yes, I didnt do alot of things that some of my neighborhood friends did because I didnt have time to do it because I was always in church or always in the bible studying. Some of the things that they was doing I found myself doing it during my college years. Plus my mother told me that since I answered the called I had to do the assignment that God had given me and boy was she right..
So once you came into your sexuality did you think people in church would look at you different?
Nobody knew that I was talking to dudes because I was to afraid to tell them because we was told in the church that God didn't make dudes to be with dudes and that God didnt love us and that we was going to hell. And at that time I was to afraid to tell anybody. I told my sister when i was living in Florida and she freak out and was like how could you be a preacher like this...
So did your your family began to view in a different way after coming out?
My sister did start viewing me in a different but I never told my whole family because of their view of a homosexual. Than me being a preacher may my sister start question did God even called me to preach..
Wow. so has your relationship with you sister changed now?
No it hasn't changed but she still question my sexuality at times. I have 3 sisters and only one found out
So Tell me more about you ministry and your church?
We are trying to develop a HIV/AIDS ministry to help out our community. So many of our people don't know their status or they know their status but can't get help cause they have no medical insurance. So we have created this program and have named it as "A Touch Of Healing". I'm also trying to develop a substance abuse program, a program cater to single parents and a transitional house..
Do you think the world is ready for an openly gay pastor such as yourself?
To be honest the world don't have no problem with a man being gay and preaching the word of God. Cause they can relate to that preacher but its the church that's not ready because the church don't want to address issues of this matter cause it exposes them. The church would rather hide behind the sheets to mess around but come in the public to throw stones..
What has been the hardest thing going into your ministry?
The hardest thing was being accept here in the DMV area. Because they knew of the things that I did in my past when I was in NC. So coming here they spread rumors about me and some of it was factual but it hinder me as a person to become an effective pastor..
Would you care to share a few of the rumors that were out about you?
Sure, there was some rumors that I was engaged to a female and still was talking to dudes. This rumor was factual but they young lady knew that I had been with dudes before. One of the rumors was that I was a whore in which was true cause I just wanted to be loved and I thought having sex with people was they way of showing me their affection. I was known as being promiscuous as they said so all of this tormented me when i came here..
So going back do you think that you would change anything in your past?
No everything that I have done in my past has help me to become a better person but my past has also became a manual for others to read off of..
So what is a day in the life of tim consist of ?
Lately It has been boring and depressing because I always want to do something with people. I never did anything by myself but Im learning how to get there. But usually I stay in my room and watch USA (they play my favorite shows) or I pray and prepare myself for BibleStudy or our Worship service..
What is your overall message you want to get across to the world?
That in life you have a purpose to fulfilled that God has given you and it dont matter what you done in your past or what people may say you have to accomplish your assigment. Take the things in your past and use it as fuel that will push you to your future. Dont allow what others think about you to distract you from what God already predestined you to be..
Ok so let me get into your personal life again lol are you single?yes i am..
So what do you look for when you are trying to find a partner?
someone that is transparent, thats not going to hide anything from me. Someone that loves God as much as I do and going to love timothy as who I am..
Awww so sweet lol. What can we look forward to from you in the future?
In the future you can look to see me on TV restoring a people back in their mind, body and soul. Also look forward in me changing a community near you..
Any last words?
I would like to thank you for being a son and a lil brother to me. For giving me the opportunity to share this time with you . I thank God for the ministry that He has given you to reach the LGBT community and to be a voice for them. I also want to let everyone know that The House Of Restoration International Outreach Center is a placed known as being a rehab center and I want to invite you all out to be with us every saturday at 5pm and starting in June we will meet at 6pm. We are located at 8051 Cryden Way District Heights MD www.thorioc.org I love you baby boy..