Inspired by Booker T. Washington’s, “Lifting the Veil of Ignorance”, through education and industry, Pastor Smith and his team of inspired leaders are determined to motivate individuals and provide an uplifting and nurturing environment that will positively affect the totality of an individual’s life through the core values of education, spiritual formation, and social awareness.

Lifting The Veil  provides formal education assistance, vocational training in basic Refrigeration/Air conditioning, mentoring, life skills training, spiritual formation training, parenting classes and counseling/life coaching to individuals to inspire and instruct the heart and mind to make positive and healthy choices for a healthier lifestyle.

Statement of Purpose

The purpose for “Lifting the Veil” is to instruct, motivate, and cultivate an attitude of excellence for a better quality of life for the marginalized society.

Mission Statement

Lifting the Veil’s aim is to instruct the mind, inspire the heart and create a positive context to allow people to make healthy choices for a healthier lifestyle.

Pastor Byron L. Smith Sr., M.Div., MFT (intern)


Byron L. Smith Sr. has been married for twenty-four years to his lovely wife. Together they have raised three great young men and a lovely daughter from Illinois. Pastor Smith rendered his undergrad work in Sociology at Chicago St. University and a Master Divinity Degree from Claremont School of Theology in Claremont California. While working on his Masters

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degree at Claremont.   Smith served on PAN African American Council for engaging the voice for African Americans in the Claremont School of theology context for cultural involvement for the African American culture.  Smith has served Sixteen years as a volunteer as the West Coast/Mid-West One Church One School volunteer/director, six years as community organizer for L.A. Pico Voice of the City of Los Angeles and a pastor/community activist for 17 years and a volunteer and advocate for INVEST in PUSD kids in Pasadena CA.

Smith is currently enrolled and striving to complete a second Masters Degree in Psychology to become a certified Marriage Family Therapy at Argosy University in Los Angeles California in the spring of 2015. Pastor Smith is also serving as a therapist intern/counselor at Chabad Jewish rehabilitation center in Los Angeles for Orthodox Jewish men and young men.

Pastor Smith has received Community recognition from the state and city officials locally through out California for making a difference in the lives of many.  This has been a common practice for Smith through out various cities serving the marginalized communities in various capacities within the public school systems, jails, courtrooms and living rooms through out the cities of Champaign and Chicago Illinois and the cities of Pasadena, San Pedro, Compton, and currently Carson California as a parent, pastor and community leader.  Smith serves the community as a concerned parent who pushes for education, and social awareness seeking to bring peace, understanding, unity, emotional stability and equality to all people. Pastor Smith is also the founder and CEO of Lifting The Veil Inc., a non-for profit organization in the City of Carson CA., which focuses on promoting education, and spiritual formation and social awareness with the hope that the veil of ignorance would be lifted from the eyes of the people that they might see how to make good and healthy decisions in their particular context.

Pastor Smith has a passion to help inspire individuals and families through various communities to reach their top potential in life by focusing on the totality of a person’s well being through education, spiritual formation, and social awareness to enhance various groups and individuals to make healthy choices for a healthier life-style. If you are interested in partnering, supporting or would like to join Lifting The Veil Inc. please reach us and leave you contact information at liftingtheveil_@activist.com, or go to our involvement page or just come join us for fellowship each week in the wonderful city of Carson CA.

“I don’t speak because I have the power to speak; I speak because I don’t have the power to remain silent”~A.Y. Kook