Northern Utah women invited to attend local church's annual women's convention

Wednesday , April 12, 2017 - 11:53 AM

JANAE FRANCIS, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — Northern Utah women are invited to join the Utah Jurisdiction Church of God in Christ in it’s 47th annual women’s convention.

The convention is set for Tuesday, May 2 through Friday, May 5. Events will be held nightly at 7 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the Griffin Memorial Church of God in Christ, 2424 E. Ave. in Ogden.

Carolyn Smith, the Utah jurisdiction women’s department supervisor, will be honored for 10 years of service at an annual supervisor’s luncheon. The event will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 6 at the Davis Conference Center, 1651 N. 700 West in Layton.

Cost of the luncheon is $35, and the deadline to RSVP is Saturday, April 22. For information, especially for luncheon registration, visit the jurisdiction’s Facebook page, Utah Jurisdiction Church of God in Christ.

“Obeying the decalogue: God’s spiritual, moral and civil code of ethics,” is a basis for the theme of the convention, which comes from Exodus 20:3-17. The theme is “Utilizing the winning strategy of spiritual guerrilla warfare.”

Tuesday night’s services will include a gospel explosion musical. Wednesday night will feature First Lady Barbara Fields of Unity Baptist Church in Salt Lake City.

Thursday night will bring Bishop Bobby Allen, the jurisdictional prelate. Friday morning will feature women’s day workshops. Friday night will include a presentation by Supervisor Romanetha Stallworth of the Kentucky First Jurisdiction Church of God in Christ.

For more information about the convention, email

Learn more about Carolyn Smith below: 

Carolyn Smith biography

At Saturday’s festivities, Smith will be honored for her history of staying focused and purpose-driven.

Born in Gloster, Mississippi, where many people — especially women — did not go to college, Carolyn was determined to do so, a biography provided by the church says. 

Awarded valedictorian of her high school, she went on to receive her Bachelor of Science in chemistry at Alcorn State University, graduating summa cum laude in 1975.

In 1978, she received her Masters of Physical Chemistry degre at Utah State University, graduating magna cum laude.

Until her recent retirement, Smith spent 35 years working to improve the functioning of electronic systems in various missile programs, her biography says.

She became the lead test engineer in 1991, working for Strategic Missile Integration Complex. In this role, she provided technical direction to the United States Air Force and contractor staff. She went on to serve as the deputy test director for the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile test consultant for Hill Air Force Base and missile wings.

In 2002, Smith transitioned into the role of chief of the Minuteman Propulsion Engineering Section. She served as the deputy division director, squadron director and led the propulsion team in creating sustainment programs and protocols for rocket motor, flight control and missile ordinance systems.

She was also the 414th Supply Chain Management Engineering flight chief, where she and her team worked to sustain the United States nuclear enterprise.

“Carolyn has accomplished many firsts in her life,” her biography says. “One notable first was her appointment as the first African-American woman engineer manager at Hill Air Force Base.”

Smith used her career also to become a voice for women in science, her biography says. She has shared her expertise and experience with others as a speaker, panelist and workshop presenter at many schools and universities throughout Utah, including Weber State University and Utah State University.

“Smith has always actively supported women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers, and has been an advocate for Black women and girls in science and math,” her biography says. “Her advocacy work has led her to develop workshops, mentoring, programs and training programs that helped to provide pathways for girls and young women into STEM programs and careers.”

She was recognized as an outstanding technology leader and featured in US Black Engineer & Information Technology Magazine. She also received a letter of appreciation from Sen. Orrin Hatch.

Since her appointment as the jurisdictional supervisor, she has implemented many programs and is the founder and president of “School Is Important,” her biography says. This program was organized to encourage young people to do well in school and graduate. For every subject they receive an A grade, they receive a monetary reward.

“Carolyn is a true servant of God and seeks to meet the real needs of others and the people she serves,” her biography says. “She is happily retired and continues in the ministry with her husband, meeting and serving her three children, their spoues, five grandchildren, her community and the Grand Ole Church of God in Christ.”

You can reach reporter JaNae Francis at or 801-625-4228. Follow her on Twitter at @JaNaeFrancisSE or like her on Facebook at

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