• Ph.D. Communication, Regent University, 2003
  • M.Div. Southeastern Seminary, 1994
  • B.S. Communication, Liberty University, 1989


  • Associate Dean for the Professional Doctoral Program, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2006-2009.
  • James T. Draper, Jr. Chair of Pastoral Ministry, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2005-present
  • Assistant Professor of Preaching, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2004-2009
  • Professor of Homiletics and Rhetoric, Emmanuel University, Oradea Romania, 2004-present
  • Senior Pastor, Salem Baptist Church, Richmond, VA., 1995-2003
  • Associate Pastor, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas, 1991-93


  • “Sermon: The Second Shepherd – Jesus the Warrior Messiah and its Implications on Preaching”. The Journal of the Evangelical Homiletics Society Volume 10. Number 2. September 2010
  • Dying to Preach: Embracing the Cross in the Pulpit. Grand Rapids: Kregel. 2009.
  • "Guyon", “François Fénelon” Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. Oxford, Blackwells. 2008.
  • “A Christology of Preaching” Southwestern Journal of Theology. Volume 50. Number 2. Spring 2008
  • “The Non-Verbal Illustration: Mcluhan, Postman, and the Emerging Preacher”. Spring 2006. Perichoresis. 3.2. 2005.
  • Surrendered Communication: The Homiletic Theory of François Fénelon's Dialogue on Preaching. Regent University. 2003.
  • Columnist for, 2010-present 


  • "Text Driven Preaching and the Nature of the Church." Expository Preaching Conference. Spring 2009.
  • "A Philosophy of Preaching." Expository Preaching Conference. Spring 2008.
  • "The Non-Verbal Illustration." Preaching Magazine Conference. April 2006.
  • "Imbedded Application." Preaching Magazine Conference. April 2006.
  • "Spirit-Driven Application." Expository Preaching Conference. March 2006.
  • "A Christology of Preaching." Evangelical Theological Society. November 2006.
  • "The Conundrum of Taste: If all Truth is God’s Truth, is all Beauty God’s Beauty?" Faith and Culture Conference. February 2006.
  • "Expository Preaching and Application." Conference on Expository Preaching. March 2006.
  • "The Non-Verbal Illustration: McLuhan, Postman and the Emerging Preacher." Evangelical Homiletics Society. October 2005.
  • "Preaching an Old Testament Narrative." Conference on Expository Preaching. March 2005
  • "Expository Preaching: Translating and Communicating Scripture." Man of God Conference, Meridian University. January 2004.
  • "The Synchronism of Spirituality of Elvis Presley's 1974 Live Recording of 'How Great Thou Art." North American Pop Culture Association, Toronto, 2001.

International Ministry

  • Cairo, Egypt, March 2006
  • Oradea, Romania, 2006, 2005, 2010 
  • Lima, Peru, June 2002
  • Paris, France, June 2001
  • Eastern Europe, July 1992
  • Rio De Jeneiro, Brazil, June 1989
  • Amman, Jordan, June 1987
  • International travels also include Austria, Chez Republic, Slovakia, Italy, France, Isreal, Germany, Spain, Greece, Serbia, Korea, Philippines, and the United Kingdom

Elected Positions

  • Appointed to Committee on Committees of the Southern Baptist Convention, 2003
  • President, Bible Conference, SBC of Virginia, 2001
  • Chairman, Strategy and Planning Committee, SBC of Virginia, 1998-99
  • Secretary, Executive Committee, SBC of Virginia, 1995-97


  • Evangelical Homiletics Society
  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Pop Culture Association
  • North American Culture Association


  • Spouse: Ashley Cherry Smith of Plano, TX
  • Children: Daughters, Jewell & Sydney; Son, Shepherd