Bio/CV

Research & Expertise

As a researcher, writer, counselor, and instructor, Dr, Luther Smith maintains a dual emphasis in Biblical studies, and Counseling, valuing the link between both disciplines. With respect to Biblical Studies Dr. Smith focuses on a consistent literal-grammatical historical (and cultural) hermeneutic underscoring the importance of proper exegesis and exposition of the Scriptures in its immediate and general context. His emphasis considers the interdependence of psychology, sociology, religion, philosophy, ethics, politics, art and entertainment, and how the Bible speaks to each subject. Dr. Smith continues to teach in the classroom, and at scholarly meetings and conferences. He is committed to continual research and publication.

EDUCATION

Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D). Southern California Seminary. Dissertation: A Qualitative Analysis On Evangelical Christian Married Couples Concerning Couples Prayer, Marital Conflict, and Relational Quality. 2017.

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MACP). Southern California Seminary, 2011. 

Master of Arts in Religious Studies (MRS). Southern California Seminary, 2011.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Ashford University, 2008.

ACADEMIC AND SERVICE APPOINTMENTS

Center Director. N(y)oo Mind Biblical Counseling, LLC. 2020-Present.

Dean of the College Calvary University. 2020.

Dept. Chair Biblical Counseling. Calvary University 2019-Present.

Academic Curriculum Committee (ACC). Calvary University. 2019-Present.

Presidential Search Committee. Calvary University. 2020.

Retention Committee Member. Calvary University. 2019-Present.

Presidential Search Committee. Calvary University. 2020.

Undergraduate Program Director. Calvary University. 2017-Present.

Teacher. Beth Haven Church. 2017-Present.

President (Faculty Senate). Calvary University. 2018-2019.

Program Dir. (Undergrad Bib. Counseling). Calvary University. 2018-Present.

Asst. Prof. (Biblical Counseling). Calvary University. 2017-Present

Senior Elder. Potrero Community Church. 2016-2017.

Adjunct. Southern California Seminary (SCS). 2016.

Adjunct Professor. Southern California Seminary. 2011-2016.

PUBLICATIONS

Forged From Reformation: How Dispensational Thought Advances the Reformed Legacy. Contributing author, SCS Press, 2017.

 

A Brief Historic Examination of Christian Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism Among Black Americans and Their Skepticism of Dispensationalism. Council on Dispensational Hermeneutics, 2019.

The Majesty and The Menial: The Doctrine of Good Works. Exegetica Publishing. 2020.

The Reexamination of Human Personality Assessments From A Biblical Perspective. Calvary University Press. 2021.

INVITED LECTURES AND INVITATIONS

"A Biblical Examination of Intelligence" Calvary University Lecture Series. Calvary University. Kansas  City, MO. February 20, 2020.

"Critical Race Theory and The Biblical Perspective" Faculty Workshop. Calvary University. Kansas City, MO. February 20, 2020.

 

"The Specific Distinctiveness of This Approach: Consistent Application of The Normal Grammatical Historical Hermeneutic" The Christian Leadership Conference. Calvary University. Kansas City, MO. February 17, 2020.

"Psychology: A Discipline or a Worldview?" The Christian Leadership Conference. Calvary Univerisity. Kansas City, MO, February 17, 2020.

"Ephesians 5-The Filling of the Holy Spirit." The Spirituality Conference. Beth Haven Conference. Beth Haven Church. Kansas City, MO Nov. 1-3, 2019.

"The Role of The Holy Spirit Today." The Spirituality Conference. Beth Haven Conference. Beth Haven Church. Kansas City, MO Nov. 1-3, 2019.

"The Theological History of the Role of the Holy Spirit" The Spirituality Conference. Beth Haven Church. Kansas City, MO Nov. 1-3, 2019.

"A Brief Examination of the Black Americans & Their Skepticism of Dispensationalism." The Council on Dispensational Hermeneutics. Sept. 18-19, 2019.

"The Return of the King: The Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ." The Christology Conference. Beth Haven Church. Kansas City, MO May 31-Jun 2, 2019.

"The Death, Burial, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus Christ" The Christology Conference. Beth Haven Church. Kansas City, MO May 31-Jun 2, 2019.

"Can One Not Overcome? A Biblical Examination of Revelation 2-4" Tools For Bible Study Conference. Beth Haven Church. Kansas City, MO November 3-4, 2018.

"1 Peter 3:19 Redux: Who Are The Spirits In Prison?" Tools For Bible Study Conference. Beth Haven Church. Kansas City, MO November 3-4, 2018.

"The Biblical Apologetic Against The Problem of Evil" Apologetic Conference. Beth Haven Church. Kansas City, MO June 1-3, 2018.

"The Biblical Apologetic Against Emotionalism and Mysticism In Christianity (Part One). Apologetic Conference. Beth Haven Church. Kansas City, MO June 1-3, 2018.

"John's Revelation: Observing The Difference Between Apocalyptic and the Prophetic Genre." Tools For Bible Study Conference. Beth Haven Church. Kansas City, MO, November 3-5, 2017.

"The Devil Is In The Details: Observing The Specific Details of The Book of Revelation." Tools For Bible Study Conference. Beth Haven Church. Kansas City, MO, November 3-5, 2017.

"The Book of Revelation: The Consistent 'Commentary Interpretive Method' vs. The Consistent Literal Grammatical-Historical Method. Tools For Bible Study Conference. Beth Haven Church. Kansas City, MO, November 3-5, 2017.

"The Motive of Marriage: To Serve." Kearney Bible Church Valentine's Day Dinner. Kearney MO February 11, 2017.

CLASSROOM TEACHING

Biblical Counseling Undergraduate

Introduction To Biblical Counseling 

Ethics and Biblical Counseling

Counseling Non-Traditional Families 

Theological Foundations of Biblical Counseling

Counseling Troubling Emotions

Biblical Counseling of Youth

Premarital and Marital Assessments in Biblical Counseling

Introduction to Group Counseling

Ethics In Biblical Counseling

Internship Practicum

Biblical Studies Undergraduate

Old Testament Survey 

Philosophy Undergraduate

Introduction To Philosophy

Theology Undergraduate

Systematic Theology I: Bibliology, Theology Proper, Pneumatology

Systematic Theology II: Anthropology, Hamartiology, Soteriology

Systematic Theology III: Angelology, Ecclesiology, Eschatology

Contemporary Theology  '

Psychology Undergraduate

Intro To Psychology

Abnormal Psychology

The Human Lifespan

Social Psychology & The Biblical Worldview

Human Sexuality & The Biblical Worldview

History of Psychological Systems

Counseling Graduate

Marriage and Family Therapy (Guest Instructor)

Normal Human Growth and Development

Counseling Theory I

Counseling Theory II

Counseling & Ethics Graduate

Law and Ethics (Guest Instructor)

Cross-Cultural Mores and Values (Guest Instructor)

Counseling & Ethics Graduate

Fundamentals of Pastoral Counseling

Systems of Biblical Integration

Research Graduate

Research and Program Evaluations (Guest Instructor)

Human Growth & Development (Co-instructor)

Research Methods

Research Methods and Techniques

SERVICES MEMBERSHIPS, AND HONORS

Religious Ordination 2022

International Association of Biblical Counselors (IABC)  Certified Biblical Counselor 2019-2020

Graduate distinction (Psy.D) Southern California Seminary 2017

Summa Cum Laude (MRS; MACP) Southern California Seminary, 2011

Psychological Assistant, Genesis Recovery Center, 2016

Counseling Internship, New Vision Counseling Center, 2011

Counseling Internship, South Bay Community Center, 2011

Member, Alpha Sigma Lambda Ashford University Online Chapter, 2008

Summa Cum Laude (BA) Ashford University, 2008

Dean's List, Ashford University, 2008

Dean's List, Ashford University, 2007

Dean's List, Ashford University, 2007