Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith
Writer, author, musician, pastor, preacher and social justice advocate.

I am a graduate of Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, the Yale Divinity School, where I earned my M.Div, and United Theological Seminary, where I studied under the late Rev. Dr. Samuel DeWitt Proctor and the Rev. Dr. Charles Booth. I was pastor of Advent United Church of Christ in Columbus, Ohio, for 22 years, but have now started a non-profit, Crazy Faith Ministries, dedicated to work on social justice issues. I recently worked with the SpiritHouse Project, under the direction of Ruby Sales, studying the incidence of extrajudicial murders involving black people and law enforcement agencies since 2007, and served as the Gordon G. Cosby Seasoned Voices Fellow. A former member of the Board of Trustees of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Inc., I participated in and was head commissioner of hearings conducted to study the effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on urban populations. I am the author of several books; my most recent book was "The Book of Jeremiah: The Life and Ministry of Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr." My other books include, "Crazy Faith: Ordinary People; Extraordinary Lives," "Forgive WHO?" and "From Calvary to Victory." I also authored a children's book, "Carla and Annie." In addition to establishing a non profit, "Crazy Faith Ministries," I am also the authorized biographer of the Rev. C.T. Vivian, who worked with Dr. Martin Luther King during the Civil Rights Movement and who was much responsible for the movement in Selma to secure voting rights for African Americans. My blog, "Candid Observations" covers issues intersecting race, religion and politics. While at Yale Divinity School, I earned the Wolcott Preaching Prize and in 2014 was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. College of Ministers and Laity.
I am currently the Senior Organizer and Trainer at the Fellowship of Reconciliation and also serve as communications consultant for the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Inc.

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