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Christ Centered In The City Prophetic Ministry Courses

More than a name it’s a strategy for the truth to be told

Prophetic Ministry 2020 Level 1 Certificate Program

Our Program

The Prophetic Ministry Training is not just for prophets. It is designed for all believers, those graced with prophetic abilities, and those called the Office of the Prophet. Acts 2:17 (KJV), declares, ?? it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.?

Hence the importance of an environment where believers can be trained, activated, and affirmed. Our biblical foundation and obligation are found in Ephesians 4:11-12, ?to build up and prepare the body of Christ for effective ministry.?The curriculum that we offer focuses on developing a healthy spiritual life, equipping the body of Christ for ministry work, building confidence for evangelism and prophetic ministry, and provide in-depth teaching and training on prophetic ministry.

What Makes Our Program Unique

In addition to preparation we also provide our students the opportunity to expand their ministry skills by reaching

the unchurch through national (completion of level one) and global outreach ( completion of levels 2 & 3) These transcultural experiences will provide our students with a kingdom preceptive of ministry.

Prophetic Ministry 2020

When a region needs a word, a prophet is deployed. The modern-day prophet must be educated and

equipped to effectively be a divine functionary for the King, as a Prophetic leader to getGod?s tasks and projects done, by His people by motivating and moving them forward in the Lord?s purposes and to express the inherent ability to compel the manifestation of his/her word on the earth?s forces and elements.

Christ Centered in The City International Ministries. It is the implementation of the Smith Family Foundation core value dedicated to the multifaceted complexities of Urban Ministry. Under the umbrella of Christ Centered In the City “Christ Centered In the City Urban Ministry and Leadership Development Center, Christ Centered In the City “City Café” and the Kahmale Project.”

Events News & Updates Newsletter Winter

Black History Month Celebration

This year for Black History Month the Smith Family Foundation of New Jersey presents: I, Too Sing America

(Langston Hughes)

Donations Events News & Updates


All proceeds are tax deductible and will benefit programming that promotes higher education as the normal next step.

For more information call 609-888-6300

The Smith Family Foundation NJ is pleased to present our 2nd annual #thisismytrenton Stars Awards! There is so much negative news about our Great City everyday and these same news outlets rarely share stories about the wonderful people who have been “born and bread” right here on the streets of Trenton, in the hall of TCHS or the under the guidance of coaches, teachers, and ministers dedicated to their success. On October 12, 2019, we will take the time to celebrate these “Home Grown” Stars who are looking to shine their light to inspire the next generation of Trentonians to see Higher Education as a Normal Next Step! Along with our Corporate sponsors (Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, Prince & Pearl Catering and many more) we will be celebrating some of Trenton’s Brightest Stars. Our LifeTime Achievement Awardee is Donald W. Davis! Awarded for outstanding vision, dedication, and commitment to the Trenton Community, we honor long time Trenton-Resident and Leader, Donald W. Davis. In recognition and with appreciation of his valuable contributions to education, outreach, and family development. Tickets are available for purchase on our website. Donations are tax deductible. All Proceeds will go to programming that supports Higher Education as the Normal Next Step and College Scholarships for Trenton Youth.

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Kwanzaa 365

This year we will host The Inaugural Kinara Lighting on December 26



Christian News & Updates Special Projects Urban Ministry

Christ Centered In The City International Ministries

On August 4, 2018 after 10 years of dreaming, planning and hard work, surrounded by ecclesiastical dignitaries, family and friends, Dr. Valerie Arthur answered the call to launched out into the deep, forming a new ministry in the city of Trenton New Jersey. Christ Centered in The City International Ministries. It is the implementation of the Smith Family Foundation core value dedicated to the multifaceted complexities of Urban Ministry. Under the umbrella of Christ Centered In the City “Christ Centered In the City Urban Ministry and Leadership Development Center, Christ Centered In the City “City Café” and the Kahmale Project.

As our cities become more complex so do new possibilities to explore and understand our urban communities and what it means to be the Church. As we are devoted to making Jesus the center of every sphere that encompasses our urban centers. It is our hope to accomplish this by providing leadership training to various Christian organizations, cultivate relationships between the private sector, governmental agencies, education systems and the Christian community, and through those relationships transform systemic institutions that keep under-served communities improvised. We also are engaged internationally through our Haiti Project.

Christ Centered in The City along with the Smith Family Foundation was instrumental providing well water to an improvise community, in building a five-classroom free school in St. Michelle Haiti providing education for students who otherwise would not have the opportunity of an education.

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Christ Centered in The City International Ministries. It is the implementation of the Smith Family Foundation core value dedicated to the multifaceted complexities of Urban Ministry. Under the umbrella of Christ Centered In the City “Christ Centered In the City Urban Ministry and Leadership Development Center, Christ Centered In the City “City Café” and the Kahmale Project.”

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_height_percent=”0″ override_padding=”yes” h_padding=”2″ top_padding=”3″ bottom_padding=”3″ overlay_alpha=”100″ gutter_size=”3″ shift_y=”0″ row_height_use_pixel=””][vc_column column_width_percent=”80″ overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ medium_width=”0″ mobile_width=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ shift_y_down=”0″ z_index=”0″ zoom_width=”0″ zoom_height=”0″][vc_column_text text_lead=”yes”]Dr. Arthur is an ordained Elder of Mt. Sinai Holy Church of America Incorporated, she is currently assigned to Calvary Pentecostal Church, located in Trenton NJ., where she is assisted to her Pastor, Elder Pearlie Smith. She serves as the Christian Education coordinator, Sunday School Superintendent and Ministers training program coordinator.

Dr.Valerie Arthur, is the Board Chair and a founding member of the Smith Family Foundation NJ. A former prison administrator she retired in 2015, after approximately 30 years of dedicated service in the criminal justice system, where she sought to transform the systemic realities of mass incarceration from the inside out, she retired from New Jersey Department of Correction as the first African American Administrator, of the 100- year-old Edna Mahon Correctional facility for women, the only women’s prison in the State of New Jersey.

Dr. Arthur graduated (cum laude) from Carin University Langhorne PA. (formerly Philadelphia Biblical University) where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree. She received both her Master of Divinity (Magna Cum Laude) and Doctorate of Ministry Degree (Prison, Policy and Transformative Justice) from New Brunswick Theological Seminary.

She recently served as a panelist at the Warren L. Dennis Annual Metro- Urban Lecture Series. “A Prophetic Urban Ministry Approach to Traumatization in the 21st Century” At New Brunswick Theological Seminary, New Brunswick NJ. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_gallery][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_button button_color=”accent” size=”btn-xl” border_width=”0″ link=”|||”]Click For Course Information[/vc_button][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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College Freshman Care Packages

The Smith Family Foundation of New Jersey believes that Higher Education is the normal next step for students after high school! 
This means that students are working during their high school career with the goal in mind to attend a two or four year college, trade school, or to become career ready upon their graduation. Along with our corporate sponsors, Wilkin & Guttenplan, P.C., Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, and Johnson and Johnson, on August 6, 2020 we will celebrated our 4th Annual College Freshmen Care Package Give Away to show our support and dedication to young people moving on to institutions of higher 
education. The give away was a huge success. Last school year we were able to serve over 300 students, this year (2020-2021) we will provided 500 care packages to low-income, first-generation college students. The College Care Package Give Away is our way of supporting local youth and letting them know how proud we are as they pursue their educational endeavors.

Pictures above show the students receiving their care packages and some of our partners. Students served were from Trenton Public Schools, Charter Schools and Community Organizations. We are also in partnership with The College of New Jersey’s Educational Opportunity Fund.

Events News & Updates Newsletter Summer Youth

Day of Adornment

Girls Out Loud! hosted our 2nd Annual Day of Adornment on September 5, 2018. Day of Adornment celebrates the sisterhood of women who donate and dedicate their time and talent with school age girls. Girls Out Loud and its partners, provided school supplies, free nail care services, free hair styles and hair care services, and information that helped 50 young girls explore the careers of entrepreneurs and Cosmetologist.

Our sponsoring salons this year were

Timeless Hair Gallery
The Salon by InStyle
In His Image Hair Studio
Manely Luxe Signature Salon
Innovate Salon Academy
Stylist Jessica Jay
Pamper Me Pretty: Kids Spa Themed Parties

This year’s Day of Adornment was sponsored by The Smith Family Foundation NJ and Merrill Lynch.

Arts News & Updates Newsletter Summer Youth

Youth Turn Performing Arts Company


The summer of 2019 marks Youth Turn’s third successful seven week performance arts camper experience. The campers enjoyed learning about the arts in a variety of ways including audio/visual best practices, play writing, poetry, choreography and the many other aspects of a stage production. The campers of 2019 have experienced horse back riding, enjoyed a rendition of Aladdin, and even had a blast at Coco Keys indoor water resort. This transformative experience encourages creative expression, critical thinking, and the cultivation of meaningful bonds. Culminating with the Youth Turn campers displaying their talents for our community.

The Youth Turn Productions FREE  seven summer camp began on August 1, 2019 , following auditions held at The Smith Family Foundation of New Jersey. With a partnership with Grace Community Church where the campers rehearsed, learned of the arts, and production equipment.

The children of Youth Turn including summer employment staff from the likes of Mill Hill and Upward Bound have worked tirelessly to present to our community “A Million Dreams are Keeping me Awake,” Featuring songs from the “Greatest Showman.” This years performance will be unforgettable and will take place on  Saturday August 17, 2019 at 3:00 pm at 205 West State St. Trenton New Jersey 08618 at the New State Museum Auditorium.[/vc_column_text][vc_gallery el_id=”gallery-979406″ medias=”74632″ gutter_size=”3″ screen_lg=”1000″ screen_md=”600″ screen_sm=”480″ single_overlay_opacity=”50″ single_padding=”2″][vc_column_text text_lead=”yes”]Summer 2018 saw 25 Youth Turn Performing Artist engage in a Seven Week intensive program within the arts focusing on music, theatre, performance and stage production. In partnership with Passage Theatre, Youth Turn’s 2nd summer production was “Motown Meets Trenton”.

The students learned about the history of Motown and its rise during the Civil Rights Era and Black Power Movement. They learned the lessons of innovation, hard work, creative thinking, problem solving through the inspiration of Berry Gordy and his role in creating music that transcended racial lines and brought people of all colors, races, and creeds together and broke all barriers. During the seven-week program, the students engaged in piano and drum lessons, music theory, and community service. Students used the Motown theme to inspire their writing, singing and acting skills.

The culmination of their hard work was the production of a 2 Day SOLD OUT presentation at Paper Mill Play House of “Motown Meets Trenton” written by Josh Campbell and the Artist of Youth Turn, under the Musical Direction of William Robinson Jr, and inspired by Rene B. Idowu, founder of Youth Turn.