An experienced senior pastor and founder of Walking On Water Christian Church, Karnie Smith has established himself as a prominent Christian community leader in the Birmingham, Alabama area. Before founding his own church, he worked as a senior pastor with churches throughout Alabama, including St. Paul AME Church in Scottsboro. As a leader with St. Paul, Karnie Smith delivered sermons, counseled individuals and couples of all ages, and helped the church grow its attendance. He also served as an adjunct professor at Troy State University, where he taught courses on ethics.
Throughout his career, Karnie Smith has served on the boards of several community organizations, including Bethel Ensley Action Task and Greater Birmingham Ministries. The former chairperson of the Birmingham Housing Authority Board of Directors, he currently sits on the board of Operation New Birmingham.
Karnie Smith holds a doctor of ministry from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, where he focused his studies on urban and community development.