Frank Smith

Dr. Frank Smith

Lecturer of History

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Born in Atlanta, Frank J. Smith grew up in the South. In addition to Georgia, Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, and Tennessee, he has also lived in New Jersey, New York and Wisconsin.

Smith graduated from Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Ga. He earned an M.Div. and a Th.M. from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. His Ph.D. is from the Graduate Center at City University of New York. In 2005, he was awarded an honorary doctorate (D.D.) from the Methodist Episcopal Church in the USA in conjunction with the National Clergy Council, for his work in ecclesiastical journalism and interchurch relations.

Since 2013, he has served as President of Tyndale International University, a Korean-language school in Los Angeles.  In May 2015, he traveled to Japan where he was a visiting professor at Kobe Theological Hall.

Among his books are The History of the Presbyterian Church in America: The Silver Anniversary EditionWorship in the Presence of God (co-editor and contributor); and Tales from the City: Real Stories of Urban Christian Ministry (editor), which detailed the ministry of an interdenominational, multi-ethnic group in Atlanta. His recent articles have focused on the history of science and the doctrine of worship. In 2016, he completed a two-year project, that of editing the two-volume Religion and Politics in America: An Encyclopedia of Church and State in American Life.

He is married to the former Penelope A. Wild, a British lady with a distinguished career in the Royal Air Force. Their son, daughter-in-law, and six grandchildren live in Gwinnett County.

He has coached basketball, has had bit parts in movies, and enjoys reading and playing chess. And oh yes, he is a railroad fanatic.


  • Doctorate - American history - City University of New York
  • Master's - Church history - Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pa.

Academic Interests

  • science and religion
  • the Cold War and religion
  • ecclesiology
  • doctrine of worship


  • DAR American History Award