Dr. Smith is a teacher, preacher, biblical scholar, author, and founder/President of Living in Full Empowerment. She grew up in Columbus, Ohio with her three siblings and is next to the youngest born to Flora (1929-2009) and Fred Smith (?-1979). Smith earned a BA in Theology from Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Maryland; a MA in Black Studies from The Ohio State University; an MDiv from Howard University School of Divinity; and a Ph.D. in Religion (New Testament and Early Christian Studies) from Harvard University in 2006. She is the first African American female to earn the Ph.D. in New Testament from Harvard.


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