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Roy Lemon Smith, American clergyman. Decorated Order of the Jade by Chinese Republic, 1940.


Smith, Roy Lemon was born on January 28, 1887 in Nickerson, Kansas, United States. Son of John Newman and Mary (Lemon) Smith.


Student Nickerson College, 1904-1906. Bachelor of Arts, Southwestern College, Winfield, Kansas, 1908. Doctor of Divinity, 1923, Doctor of Laws, 1941.

Doctor of Divinity, Gammon Theological Seminary, 1953. Bachelor of Divinity, Garrett Biblical Institute, 1915, Doctor of Divinity, 1941. A.M., Northwestern University, 1915.

Doctor of Literature, Upper Iowa U., 1927. S.T.D., University of Southern California, 1936. Doctor of Divinity, Chapman College, 1937.

Doctor of Laws, Sam Houston College, 1937. Doctor of Humane Letters, Florida Southern College, 1941. Doctor of Letters, Ohio Wesleyan University, 1941, Millsaps College and Southern Methodist U., 1945.

Doctor of Humane Letters, McMurry College, 1946.


Began preaching at Wellington, Kansas, 1908. Pastor successively Cimarron, Kansas, St. Paul’s Church, Chicago, Simpson Methodist Church, Minneapolis. Pastor First Methodist Church, Los Angeles, California.

Editor Christian Advocate (official publication Methodist Church), 1940-1948, publishing agent Methodist Church, 1948-1952. Was associate pastor Central Church, Chicago, with Doctor Frank W. Gunsaulus, 1914-1915. Acting pastor People’s Church, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1915.

Department editor Northwestern Christian Advocate, Chicago, 1916-1922. Feature writer Chicago Tribune Synd., 1923-1941. Free lance writer, 1912-1940.

Editorial writer Minneapolis Star, 1926-1931. Syndicate writer National Council of Churches from 1947. Graduate faculty University of Southern California, 1935-1940.

Director Ministers Life and Casualty Union from 1923. Delaware Methodist General Conference, 1936, 40, 44.


  • Other Work

    • Author numerous books relating to religion since 1920. Latest publications: Making a Go of Life, 1948. We Follow the Swallow, 1948.New Lights from Old Lamps, 1953. Special lecturer at universities Named one of 10 most representative Methodist ministers in America, 1935.


Member Methodist Uniting Conference, 1939, Methodist Ecumenical Conference, 1948, 52, Methodist Board of Temperance, 1940-1944, Methodist Board Evangelism, from 1944. Fellow American Geography Society. Member Foreign Policy Association, American Council Pacific Affairs Institute, American Academy Political and Social Science, Pi Kappa Delta, Pi Gamma Mu, Phi Chi Phi.

Mason.; Club: International Lyceum Association.


Married Mabel D. Conley, April. Children: Frank Elroy, Pauline Florence.

John Newman Smith

Mary (Lemon) Smith

Mabel D. Conley

Frank Elroy Smith

Pauline Florence Smith