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Dr. Robert Smith

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.

Rev. Dr. Myrtle E. Jones

Rev. Dr. Myrtle E. Jones is Senior Pastor of the Word For Life Church Ministries (WFLCM) of Temple Hills, Maryland, a young thriving church, which she has pastored with her husband, Rev. Dr. Freddie L. Jones since 2006. 


Dr. Jones is a former associate minister, former ordained deacon, instructor at Ark of Safety Christian Church Bible College and Calvary Christian College; and former Minister of Music.  Dr. Jones is the founder of the Deborah Fellowship – a fellowship organized to nurture, encourage, and support women in ministry.


She has held several prominent positions during the course of her career,  including Chief Administrator for the Children of Promise Christian Academy in Forestville, Forestville, MD; Co-Founder and President/CEO of Maryland Prevention Institute, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization; Town Administrator for the Incorporated Town of Capitol Heights, Maryland; and she retired from the Government of the District of Columbia after nearly thirty years, serving in various executive level positions, including Mayoral Cabinet Member and other managerial positions. Dr. Jones is Founding Vice-President of the National Association of Black Public Administrators (NABPA) Washington, D.C. Chapter.


Dr. Jones holds a Masters of Theology and a Doctorate in Ministry from Calvary Christian College in Waldorf, Maryland.  She is a graduate of Senior Executive Management Training at Harvard University; and she earned a Bachelor of Arts in history at Norfolk State University. 


Dr. Jones is married to Dr. Freddie L. Jones. They are the parents of Yolanda Jones of Bowie, MD and Madison L. Jones of Atlanta, GA.  They are the proud grandparents of James, Kennedy, and Fallon.  She stands on the guiding Scripture “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13.   


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