Dr. Robert Smith


Calhoun Community College Announces Program in Celebration of MLK Observation

January 10, 2019
Dr. Robert Smith
Featured Speaker Dr. Robert Smith

Decatur, AL — Calhoun Community College will pay tribute to slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the college’s annual celebration program scheduled for Tuesday, January 15, 2019. This year’s program, hosted by the college’s Black Student Alliance (BSA), will begin at 11 a.m. on Calhoun’s Decatur campus in the Aerospace Training Center (ATC). The program is free and open to the public.

Featured speaker for this year’s program is Dr. Robert Smith, professor of Christian Preaching and the Jr., Charles T. Carter Baptist Chair of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School, Birmingham, Alabama.

Previously, Smith served as the Carl E. Bates Associate Professor of Christian Preaching at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and was recognized as the 2017 E. K. Bailey Expository Preaching Conference Living Legend. A popular teacher and preacher, Smith received Southern’s 1996 Findley B. Edge Award for Teaching Excellence. He is an ordained Baptist minister, serving as pastor of the New Mission Missionary Baptist Church in Cincinnati, OH, for 20 years.

Smith holds a Ph.D. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; a Doctor of Sacred Theology (STD, Honorary Doctorate), Temple Community Bible College, Cincinnati, OH; and a Doctor of Divinity Honoris Causa, Newburgh Theological Seminary, Newburgh, Indiana.

He is a contributing editor for a study of Christian ministry in the African American church, Preparing for Christian Ministry, and is co-editor of A Mighty Long Journey. Additionally, he has served as an editor of Our Sufficiency Is of God: Essays on Preaching in Honor of Gardner C. Taylor (Mercer University Press, Macon Georgia: 2010). A published author, Smith wrote 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.com. In 2010, Preaching Magazine named Doctrine That Dances one 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, published in March 2017, is available now. He has spoken at more than 130 universities, colleges, and seminaries in the United States, Great Britain, Middle East, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean.

Smith and his wife, Dr. Wanda Taylor-Smith, Ph.D., are the parents of four adult children (one in heaven).

For more information on Calhoun’s MLK program, contact the college’s Office of Institutional Advancement at 256/306-2560.

Dr. Robert Smith