Robert Smith, Jr.
serves as Charles T. Carter Baptist Chair of Divinity Beeson Divinity School where he teaches Christian Preaching.
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 in Cincinnati, OH for
twenty years. He earned his Ph.D. while serving as pastor. He is 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
. In addition,
he has served as an editor of Our
Sufficiency Is of God: Essays on Preaching in Honor of Gardner C.
(Mercer University Press, Macon Georgia: 2010). He has
written the book, Doctrine That Dances:
Bringing Doctrinal Preaching and Teaching to Life
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
preaching.com. In 2010, Preaching magazine named Doctrine That Dances
of the 25 most influential books in preaching for the last 25 years. His
book, The Oasis of God: From Mourning to
Morning—Biblical Insights from Psalms 42 and 43
will be published in the
spring of 2015. He
has spoken at more than 100 universities, colleges, and seminaries in the
United States, Great Britain, Middle
East, Africa, Australia, New Zealand
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, Dr. Wanda
Taylor-Smith, Ph.D., are the parents of four adult children (one in heaven).