About the Author

I was born into the family of a Baptist minister in 1972. Early in life I trusted Jesus as my personal Savior. I spent the latter half of my childhood as a missionary kid in South America. This experience enlarged my linguistic and cultural boundaries and gave me a passion for ministry. In 1987 I established a habit of reading the Bible daily, and I’ve continued this practice for more than 30 years.

I entered Baptist Bible College (Springfield, Missouri, USA) in 1990, majoring in missions and Bible. Soon I began to feel a desire to serve in the field of Christian higher education. As a junior in college I began working in the college library. A year after I graduated, the library director retired and convinced me and the college administration that I should succeed him. I embarked on that adventure right after getting married in the fall of 1995. Within a few years I had earned a master’s degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Working in a theological library gave me many opportunities to develop biblical research skills. I even taught a theological research methods course for several semesters. Not only did I engage in private Bible study and teach adult classes at church; I also published articles in several magazines and journals. On the home front, my wife and I were blessed with the birth of two sons (1999 and 2002).

In 2003 I was invited to join the library leadership team at Liberty University. At that point it became evident that my career would develop in the direction of academic administration. Since then I've taken on a variety of managerial responsibilities and I've completed a second master's degree. In 2019 I began work towards a doctoral degree in leadership studies.

Over the years I’ve continued to volunteer in local churches, study the Scriptures, and grow as a biblical interpreter. After accumulating notes from private study and teaching preparation for about 20 years, I decided it was time to make my resources accessible via the Web, and so Word-Smith.info was born.

—Gregory A. Smith
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