Mitzi J. Smith, PhD

Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity

Dr. Smith views teaching at Ashland Theological Seminary as a rewarding challenge, and she works hard to meet the needs of students with excellence and integrity. Her compassion and creative leadership combine to produce a classroom environment filled with laughter, inspiration, and challenging academics.

One of the most pivotal points in Dr. Smith's life was when she decided to pursue the call to ministry, even as those around her were convinced that women don't belong in Christian leadership. At the risk of losing others' approval, Dr. Smith began the journey, realizing that her call was from God, rather than a specific denomination or school of thought. She stepped out in faith, knowing that God transcends denominations and institutions.

After earning several impressive degrees, Dr. Smith found her niche teaching at Ashland Theological Seminary. She appreciates the fact that, in the midst of academic excellence, ATS also embraces diversity, rather than expecting all faculty to look, teach, and think the same way. Each faculty member is encouraged to have their own voice, and in turn, students are empowered in the same way. Due to the obstacles she overcame in her pursuit of God's call, Dr. Smith knows the full value of this.

Whenever she can squeeze a trip into her schedule, Dr. Smith loves to see the world. The list of destinations to which she's traveled is large and continually growing. She's explored such interesting places as Greece, Ecuador, Jamaica, Maui, Cancun, Italy and many more! Her desire is to visit more natural wonders within the United States over the next few years. When she's not hopping from continent to continent, Dr. Smith enjoys urban ballroom dancing, exercise, and a wide range of music, from opera to country to rap.

Mitzi J. Smith, PhD
Contact 248-559-1400 Ext. 29
Denomination AME, Full Gospel
Education PhD Religion (New Testament)Harvard University MDivHoward University School of Divinity MA Black StudiesThe Ohio State University BA TheologyColumbia Union College
Social Personal Website

Mitzi's Published Books

Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (Contributor) ISBN: 978-0830824564 View on Amazon
I Found God in Me: A Womanist Biblical Hermeneutics Reader ISBN: 978-1625647450 View on Amazon
Insights from African American Interpretation (Reading the Bible in the Twenty-First Century: Insights) ISBN: 978-1506400174 View on Amazon
Onesimus Our Brother: Reading Religion, Race, and Slavery in Philemon (Contributor) ISBN: 978-0800663414 View on Amazon
Reading Minjung Theology in the Twenty-First Century: Selected Writings by Ahn Byung-Mu and Modern Critical Responses (Contributor) ISBN: 978-1610978170 View on Amazon
Teaching All Nations: Interrogating the Matthean Great Commission ISBN: 978-1451470499 View on Amazon
The Audacity of Faith: Christian Leaders Reflect on the Election of Barack Obama (Contributor) ISBN: 978-0817015541 View on Amazon
The Construction of the Other in the Acts of the Apostles: Charismatics, the Jews, and Women ISBN: 978-1608993840 View on Amazon
True to Our Native Land: An African American New Testament Commentary (Contributor) ISBN: 978-0800634216 View on Amazon
Women's Bible Commentary (Contributor) ISBN: 978-0664237073 View on Amazon