INSTRUCTOR’S BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH
Dr. James W. Smith was born and reared in Louisburg (Franklin County) North Carolina where he attended the public schools. He graduated from the former Perry's High School and later attended North Carolina Central University and NCCU Law School where he earned both degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and a Juris Doctorate.
Dr. Smith became a compulsive gambler and his legal career ended in 1981 after practicing law for a number of years. Dr. Smith is no longer a compulsive gambler and has become a productive citizen. He went back to school and received his Master of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry degrees from Andersonville Theological Seminary, Camilla, Georgia.
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. He has served as a member of the United Negro College Fund Steering Committee, Durham, NC, 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 Trustee Board of Apex School of Theology and the Executive Committee of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Durham and Vicinity. 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, an Inspirational/Motivational Speaker and as a NC State Bar approved sponsor of Continuing Legal Education. He is the author of two published books entitled, “Deal By Me” and "Come, Let us Reason Together." "Deal By Me" documents his experiences and he now shares his story with others.