Rev. Dr. Jaye Lynn Peabody Smith
MPA, MDIV, MS, LPC, CPCS, CAMS
Rev. Dr. Jaye Lynn Peabody Smith strives to be influential, inspirational, and impassioned. She is preacher, teacher, and author. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor who in 2014, started her private counseling and consulting business, The Peabody Practice, LLC.
Rev. Jaye earned a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling and a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health and recently a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling from Mercer University. She also earned a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Administration from New York University. She is a Certified Anger Management Specialist (CAMS) and a Certified Professional Counseling Supervisor.
Rev. Jaye has served in ministry for over 20 years. She accepted her call to preach at New Bethel AME Church in Lithonia, Georgia. She was licensed to preach in 2001 and ordained in 2004. Rev. Jaye has served as a Youth Pastor and Executive Pastor in various churches. She is currently the Executive Pastor at Redemptive Life Christian Fellowship in Conyers, Georgia where Dr. Mark Thompson, her father in ministry, is the Senior Pastor.
Rev. Jaye has been a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. since April of 1993. She was initiated into the Pi Phi Chapter in the Eastern Region at Ramapo College in New Jersey. She is a Diamond Life member. Since 1999, she has been a member of the Stone Mountain-Lithonia Alumnae Chapter. Most recently, she humbly and proudly served as the Southern Regional Chaplain from 2016 – 2020.
Rev. Jaye provides individual, family, couple, and group counseling. She works with adults in all demographics. She has presented workshops and led groups on a diverse segment of topics, including relationships, parenting, communication, self-esteem, abuse, grief, COVID and much more.
Rev. Jaye has dedicated her personal life and her career to social justice and mental health access. She is passionate about abiding with people on their journey to emotional wholeness. In January 2020, she founded My Sacred Space (MSS). My Sacred Space is a faith based, nonprofit counseling organization providing free and affordable access to mental health services.
Rev. Jaye is also a published writer. Her latest book, “Heels, Hearts, & Halos: Lessons on My Journey,” is available on Amazon, and on her website: www.thepeabodypractice.com
Jaye is married to Tommie Smith. Together, they have a blended family of 7 amazing children.