Facilitator: Dr. Robert Smith Jr., Professor of Preaching
Beeson Divinity School
ROBERT SMITH, JR.
(A.S., God’s Bible College; B.S., Cincinnati Bible College; M.Div., Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Doctor of Sacred Theology (STD, Honorary Doctorate), Temple Community Bible College, Cincinnati, OH; serves as Professor of Christian Preaching at Beeson Divinity School. Previously he served as the Carl E. Bates Associate Professor of Christian Preaching at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. A popular teacher and preacher, he received Southern’s 1996 Findley B. Edge Award for Teaching Excellence. An ordained Baptist minister, he served as pastor of the New Mission Missionary Baptist Church for twenty years before returning to complete his Ph.D. He is also a contributing editor for a study of Christian ministry in the African American church, Preparing for Christian Ministry, and co-editor of A Mighty Long Journey. He has written the book, Doctrine That Dances: Bringing Doctrinal Preaching and Teaching to Life (B&H Publishing Group, Nashville: 2008) which was selected as the winner of the 2008 Preaching Book of the Year Award by Preaching Magazine and 2009 Preaching Book of the Year Award by Christianity Today’s Preaching Today.Com. He has spoken at more than 45 universities, colleges, and seminaries in the United States, Great Britain and the Caribbean. His research interests include the place of passion in preaching, the literary history of African American preaching, Christological preaching, and theologies of preaching. At Beeson, Smith teaches Christian Preaching and other electives in homiletics. He received Beeson Divinity School’s “Teacher of the Year Award” in 2005. He and his wife, Wanda, are the parents of four adult children and eight grandchildren.
Wanda Taylor-Smith obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Cincinnati and her Master of Science degree in nursing from Indiana University where she also received certification as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her Doctor of Philosophy degree in interdisciplinary studies with a specialization in Women’s Studies at the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati. Her professional career spanned 31 years at the University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio where she held positions as Staff Nurse, Assistant Head Nurse, Liaison Nurse, Clinical Nurse II, Nurse Manager and Interim Nursing Administrator before retiring in 2003. Since her retirement, Dr. Taylor-Smith has been a regular volunteer at the Wellness Community, an organization that provides programs for cancer patients and families; the Eve Center, a branch of the Center for Women’s Ministries, Inc. (where she serves as a volunteer peer support counselor and member of the Advisory Board); the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center; and serves on the board of the John Parker House Society of Ripley, Ohio.
Dr. Taylor-Smith is a member of New Mission Missionary Baptist Church in Cincinnati, where her husband, Beeson Divinity School professor, Dr. Robert Smith, Jr., formerly served as pastor. She was the founder and former president of the church’s Preachers’/Pastors’ Wives Ministry. She also serves there in the Education/Scholarship Fund Ministry.
Dr. Taylor-Smith has led various Bible studies and seminars with such topics as commitment, prayer, health care issues, and retirement; however her passion is the concerns surrounding the issues of women who are married to preachers/pastors. She and her husband are parents of four adult children and five grandchildren.
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