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Bishop Tim Smith to Speak at King University Sept. 11

BRISTOL, Tenn., August 29, 2017 – King University’s Institute for Faith and Culture welcomes Bishop Tim Smith as part of the Institute’s 2017-18 lecture series. Bishop Smith will speak on “Luther’s and the Reformation’s impact on Faith and Culture” at 9:15 a.m. on Sept. 11 in King’s Memorial Chapel on the main campus in Bristol, Tenn., and at 7 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church located at 301 Euclid Avenue in Bristol, Va. The lectures are free and open to the public.

“King University is excited to announce Bishop Tim Smith of the North Carolina Synod – ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) as an Institute for Faith and Culture speaker for the fall 2017 series,” said Matt Roberts, Ed.D., vice president for Academic Affairs. “As a Christian University, it is especially meaningful for King to have a Lutheran scholar and pastor with us as we commemorate Martin Luther's nailing of 95 theses at Wittenberg 500 years ago sparking the Protestant Reformation. Bishop Smith's dedication to Christian ministry, his selfless devotion to mentoring pastors and ministers in the Church, and his self-effacing humor woven into his dynamic preaching will be a wonderful moment of learning and inspiration for our students and community at King this fall. I am honored to be among those who have been able to call Tim a friend and a mentor.”

Smith was installed as a NC Synod – ELCA bishop on Sept. 12, 2015. Just before his election as Bishop, Smith served as senior pastor of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta, Ga. The Salisbury, N.C., native previously served as pastor of two churches in the North Carolina Synod - St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Startown from 1986 to 1993, and Grace Lutheran Church in Boone from 1993 to 2010.

Smith’s ministry experiences include serving as the campus pastor for Appalachian State University and as a featured preacher for Day 1 Radio Broadcast formerly known as “The Protestant Hour.”

Bishop Smith is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar. There he received a Master of Arts degree. He received a Master of Divinity at Gettysburg Seminary and a Doctor of Divinity at Drew University. Visit or for more information.

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