Rev. Dr. Paris Lee Smith, Sr.

Preacher, pastor, prophet, visionary, social theologian, author,
lecturer, professor, reader, life-student, father, family man,
and servant of God.

Educationally, Pastor Smith has earned a Bachelor of Theology from Tennessee School of Religion, Memphis, Tennessee, a Master’s of Divinity from The Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Georgia, and a Doctorate of Ministry as a Curtis-Stewart Fellow from the United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio.


Dr. Smith serves as an adjunct professor in the Religious Studies Department at the historical 107th HBCU Simmons College of Kentucky, Louisville, Kentucky with a concentration on preaching, liberation, religious education, and black church studies.    


    Dr. Smith is a liberator of life in Christ through strategic faith. Dr. Smith seeks to set a person free and bases his foundation of living on Luke 4:18NIV “set the oppressed free socially, mentally, emotionally, economically, and theologically”.


         Dr.Smith has been preaching for over 30 years with a liberation hermeneutic and a social justice exegesis.

      Dr. Smith seeks to look into the biblical text to find the "oddity" that is often overlooked, yet it sheds a nuance of the context that frees the hearer to see God from a new dimension.

      The "digging" for the treasure is the work that Dr. Smith coaches his students and colleagues to search for as they prepare to shape their messages.

      Dr. Smith is a preacher's preacher and preaching is his passion, his life, and his calling. 

      Dr. Smith is also the creator of the "The Official Preachers Reading Challenge 2018 and Beyond" Facebook group that has over 9000 preachers and teachers who are empowered to read daily.