Instructor’s Biographical Sketch

Dr. James W. Smith was born and reared in Louisburg (Franklin County) North Carolina where he attended the former Perry's High School. He later attended North Carolina Central University and NCCU Law School, Durham, North Carolina where he earned both degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and a Juris Doctorate. He received his Master of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry Degrees from Andersonville Theological Seminary, Camilla, Georgia and additional theological studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina and Shaw Divinity School, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Dr. Smith is an In-Prison Seminar Instructor and has taught seminars to inmates on Death Row at Central Prison, Raleigh, North Carolina; the Federal Correctional Institution, Butner, North Carolina and the Federal Maximum Security Prison in Leavenworth, Kansas. His former memberships include: member of the NC State Bar, trustee of the Apex School of Theology, member of the Durham United Negro College Fund Steering Committee, Vice Moderator at Large and Moderator of the East Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Association, Inc., Moderator of Moderators for the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Inc. and President of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Durham and Vicinity.
Presently, Dr. Smith serves on the Executive Committee of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Durham and Vicinity and the Durham Steering Committee of Historical Black Colleges and Universities. He is a volunteer instructor at the Federal Correctional Institution, Butner, NC. Since March 1991, he has served as Pastor of Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Bahama, North Carolina. In additional to his pastorate, he is self-employed as a Church Consultant and an Inspirational/Motivational Speaker. He is the author of two published books entitled, “Deal By Me, A Golden Opportunity Blown” and "Come, Let us Reason Together." Dr. Smith is married to Barbara Wess Smith, now retired from the Durham Public Schools. They have two children and two grandchildren.