Robert Smith, Jr. joined the Beeson Divinity School faculty in 1997 and teaches Christian Preaching. He is the author of Doctrine that Dances: Bringing Doctrinal Preaching and Teaching to Life; coeditor (with Timothy George) of A Mighty Long Journey, a collection of sermons on racial reconciliation; coeditor with Timothy George and James Earl Massey of Our Sufficiency is of God: Essays on Preaching in Honor of Gardner C. Taylor; and has had a study of Christian ministry in the African American church published in Preparing for Christian Ministry. His research interests include the place of passion in preaching, the literary history of African American preaching, Christological preaching, and theologies of preaching. Before coming to Beeson, he was the Carl E. Bates Associate Professor of Preaching at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. An ordained Baptist minister, he served as pastor of New Mission Missionary Baptist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, for 20 years. He and his wife, Wanda Taylor Smith, Ph.D., are the parents of four adult children (one in heaven) and eight grandchildren.