Eric C. Smith

Associate Professor of Church History

Smith came to Southern Seminary in 2022 after several years of adjunct work for the school. He specializes in the history of American and Southern Baptists, and has written three books, most recently John Leland: A Jeffersonian Baptist in Early America (OUP, 2022). He has served in pastoral ministry since 2008, and as the senior pastor of Sharon Baptist Church in Savannah, Tennessee, since 2013.

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School of Theology



B.A., Union University;
M.Div. and Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary