Minister Terrance J. Smith
Music & Arts


From birth, Terrance J. Smith has encompassed a passion for music that could not be bridled. He started singing in his local youth choir at the tender age of three. Thereafter, he began cultivating his love for music and quickly embraced his gift of direction at the age of nine. God’s hand is evidently upon Terrance’s life.

While working tirelessly in his local church, Mr. Smith sang and directed in his schools’ choir from the third grade continuing throughout high school. During this time, Mr. Smith joined the internationally renowned, Walt Whitman & The Soul Children of Chicago. With this choir, Mr. Smith has had the privilege of sharing the stage with famed artists such as Yolanda Adams, Mavis Staples, and Jennifer Hudson. He also traveled to Israel as part of The World Assembly of Choirs under the leadership of Walt Whitman. In efforts to reach the nations, Mr. Smith has traveled to Africa to teach music and spread the Gospel.

Upon joining the Oakdale Covenant Church, Mr. Smith became immediately involved with the music and youth ministries. Mr. Smith’s dedication to the youth spilled over to his vocation. In 2007, he became a staff member of the Oakdale Christian Academy. In January 2010, Oakdale Christian Academy answered the call of service upon receiving the news that a devastating earthquake rocked Haiti. A group of young people was assembled and charged with sending relief to Haiti. Upon the formation of this group, the Lord gave the vision to start the Oakdale Christian Academy Choir under the leadership of Mr. Terrance J. Smith. The Oakdale Christion Academy Choir consists of about 80-100 students between the ages of 7-14. Since their formation, OCA has performed at various venues throughout the Chicagoland area and abroad; they even took their hopeful message and joyful sounds across seas to Sweden in 2014. The choir’s repertoire includes, but is not limited to the gospel, spirituals, and inspirational music.

Mr. Smith prides himself on operating in the spirit of excellence while remaining faithful to God. He continues to diligently serve his church as the Director of the Music & Arts ministry. He desires to serve God and help His people. In essence, Mr. Smith is committed to using his ordained gift to reach the masses and continually strives to make a difference in his community and in the world. As such, Terrance just received a B.A., in Music/Conducting from North Park University in 2015. He is currently in a master’s program at North Park Theological Seminary. The best is yet to come!