About the President

The Rev. Dr. William H. Smith serves as president of the John Leland Center for Theological Studies in Arlington, Virginia. Smith was present at the beginning of Leland’s formation. He taught the first class given by the John Leland Center for Theological Studies and has continued to teach at Leland as an adjunct faculty member in Old Testament. Smith exemplifies the original vision of Leland at its formation when pastor-scholars took up the goal of serving churches by the training of pastors. In all three of his pastorates he has worked closely with seminary students. He has been a pastor in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Virginia. He has extensive experience in multi-ethnic congregational ministry and in addition to pastoral work he served with his wife, Judy, in urban ministry in Southeast Washington, D.C. as a Baptist Center director. The president has traveled in mission efforts in the Middle East and India. He has enjoyed study tours to Israel, Egypt, Greece, and Turkey. He graduated from Baylor University and the Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (now named Gateway seminary) with an M.Div., and Ph.D. At his election as president, Smith was engaged in the formation of a partnership with the Mount Vernon Baptist Church and its Justice Fellowship to bring a gift of property valued at six million dollars to the John Leland Center for Theological Studies. This gift represents the most significant financial platform in its history and marks the beginning of a newly adopted plan for the expansion of Leland’s ministry.


Rev. Dr. William H. Smith

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