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 25 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 have taken on a variety of managerial responsibilities and have pursued some additional graduate course work.

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