The Rev. Shively Smith Joins the Wesley Faculty as Professor of New Testament

Apr 25

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Washington, D.C. – On July 1, the Rev. Shively T. J. Smith will join the Wesley Theological Seminary faculty to teach New Testament studies.Shively Smith

“I am delighted to join Wesley’s faculty and contribute to our shared vocation of equipping leaders for the church and the world and advancing theological education,” said Smith. “From my initial visit, the community has shown itself to be a hospitable and affirming space and I look forward to the opportunities, experiences and many teachable moments that are to come.”

Smith has actively worked in ministry and academia for more than 15 years. She has taught courses in New Testament and Biblical Greek, among others. She has served as faculty for a variety of special programs, such as the United Methodist Course of Study Program and the Certificate in Theological Studies Program at the Candler School of Theology. Within the Society of Biblical Literature, she serves on the Committee for the Status of Women in the Profession and is a member of the Women in the Biblical World Steering Committee. She is ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and has served as director of Christian Education at Greater Smith Chapel AME in Atlanta, Georgia.

“The appointment of Shively Smith is an example of the most important thing we do in theological education, which is to gather a group of exciting professors who love to teach and whose scholarship is focused on the church,” said Wesley President David McAllister-Wilson. “Shively joins the new generation of faculty at Wesley and we all look forward to her arrival.”

Smith is a Ph.D. candidate at Emory University. Her dissertation interprets 1 Peter in conversation with other literary constructions of diaspora. Smith earned her Master of Theology from Columbia Theological Seminary and a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Prior to that, she earned her Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude in religious and philosophical studies from Fisk University. During her undergraduate studies, she studied abroad at Oxford University as an English-Speaking Union Luard Fellow.

Her forthcoming publications include: “Jesus and Blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:42-52)” and “Jesus Enters Jerusalem (Mark 11:1-10),” which will appear in the Feasting on the Gospels series (June 2014).

Smith has received multiple fellowships from organizations such as the Ford Foundation, the Louisville Institute, the Fund for Theological Education, the Mellon Mays Fellowship Program, and the Black Women in Church and Society Program at the Interdenominational Theological Center. Her research interests include the general letters and Luke-Acts, call narratives, biblical discourses on diaspora, and studies on W. E. B. Du Bois.


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