As a small town youth Herschel have developed a sense of humility and devotion to his family and friends in community which transcended to his life as an Army veteran, a Pastor, Community Leader, Founder and Executive Director of a homeless shelter. As a devoted husband and a father of seven children, he understands the needs of families and the awesome responsibilities required to raise children who will one day no doubt be leaders of thier communities.
Herschel's spirit of community has lead him to work directly with people who have needs. The lessons he learned while serving proudly in the United States Army from 1978 to 1981 taught him the importance of self discipline and taking pride in one's country. His ability to lead earned him the rank of Sergeant and Honor Squad Leader in the First Calvery Division. After his service in the military, Smith worked as a Correctional Officer with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice where he saw firsthand the result of living a life of irresponsibility. It was during this time that Herschel's vision for his community deeped and in 1988 he and and his family moved from Brenham, Texas to Houston, where he willingly left the comforts of his home and career by choice to become homeless in order to learn and meet the needs of the homeless. His heart-ached as he saw the countless number of men and women living in boxes under Interstate-45 near downtown Houston. It was here, that Herschel knew what he had to do and the inner-city ministry was born.
As Pastor of Enlightened Chapel Ministries, his example demonstrated faith in God in a most tangible way and his community activism knew no limit. Wherever there is a need you are likely to find Herschel Smith working to empower people to find solutions to their problems. He teaches people to take responsibilty for thier actions and for a communuty to change the individual must change, leading by example is fundamental.
In 1991, Smith was recognized for his community activism, when the City of Houston honored him for his ministry of love and compassion. The Mayor's Office awarded him for citizenship and selfless sacrifice to his community. He also recieved citizen award(s) from Anheuser Busch and Houston Defender in 1994. In 1995, the Waller County Leadership Council honored him with the Humanitarian Award for leadership and commitment. His efforts had also led him, in 1993, to receiving the Jefferson Award, a national award which was created by Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis (1972), as a Noble Prize for community service. He spoke in the U.S. Supreme Court when he recieved the award. In 1999, the Forward Times in Houston, Texas honored him with Minister-of-the-Decade award.
At the age of 47, Herschel sought a new career and in 2008, he graduated from Houston Community College Police Academy. Most of life he has always been a public service worker and by January 2013, he took office as Constable Precinct 3, in Waller County. He has committed himself to being a hardworking elected official of Waller County by laying the groundwork that no other constable has done in the history of Waller County. He raised the standards by introducing FREE barbeque plates to the citizens of Prairie View every Juneteenth (June 19th) since 2012, he also elevated the number of deputies to 30 serving and volunteering thier time along with him in the precinct; with this new and improved standard, a generous business man from Houston donated $50, 000 for the purchase of eight (8) patrol vehicles added to the fleet of only three (3). With relentless perseverance, a new Precinct 3 building was also renovated to accommodate the workload and activities in the precinct.
Constable Herschel Smith believes in setting standards with honesty, integrity, and character that are not just words but internal motivations which produces visible results. He believes young adults will respond when they see adults demonstrate by their action rather than just words. As Constable of Waller County Precinct #3, he and his deputies are committed to the highest performance standardards, ethical conduct, and trustworthy in all relationships with the public.
Hon. Herschel Smith