Bio

Laura SmitThe Reverend Doctor Laura A. Smit is Professor of Theology at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, where she has been teaching since 1999.  She was ordained in the PC(USA) in 1989 and served as the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Clayton, New Jersey for six years before going to Boston University for a Ph.D. in medieval philosophy and theological aesthetics.  Her dissertation was on aesthetic epistemology in the theology of Bonaventure.

She is the author of Loves Me, Loves Me Not: The Ethics of Unrequited Love, a book that features interviews with many college students about their experiences of romantic rejection.  This book has led to many speaking engagements on college campuses.  Other books to which she has contributed chapters can be found on the “Books” page. Her theological commentary on the book of Judges for the Brazos series will be released in the fall of 2017.

From 2003 to 2008, Smit served as Dean of the Chapel at Calvin College, and in connection with that position she was ordained as a minister in the Christian Reformed Church, while retaining her PC(USA) ordination.  In the summer of 2012, Rev. Smit was dismissed from the PC(USA) to ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians.  She has been a member of the national Theology Task Force for ECO since August 2011, and also serves on ECO’s Synod Executive Council.  She is a member of ECO’s Great Lakes Presbytery and serves on the Ministry Partnership Team.  At the local level, she is an assistant pastor at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church (ECO) in Grand Rapids.

Her current research interests are focused on the thought of C. S. Lewis, particularly on Lewis as a medievalist. Her recent sabbatical research was on the virtue of magnanimity in Lewis and his sources. She also continues to do work on Bonaventure and on theological aesthetics.  For her CV, see her LinkedIn Profile page.

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