Bachelor, Florida State University, 1972. Master of Divinity, Vanderbilt University, 1976. Doctor in Ministry, Vanderbilt University, 1983.
Doctor of Philosophy, School of Theology, Claremont, California, 1991.
Minister, 1st Christian Church, Greenville, Kentucky, 1976-1979; associate minister, 1st Christian Church, Pomona, California, 1984-1987; minister, Fairhope (Alabama) Christian Church, 1979-1984; assistant professor religion and philosophy, Florida Southern College, Lakeland, since 1987. Research associate Search Institute, Inc., Minneapolis, since 1987. Seminar member Youth Ministry and the Theological School, Richmond, Virginia, 1988.
(Book by Smith, W. Alan)
Member American Academy Religion, Society Biblical Literature, United Methodist Association Professors Religious Education, Association Professors and Researchers in Religious Education, Religious Education Association, Association Christian Church Educators.
Married Dee Ann Stark, March 27, 1971. Children: Nathaniel Dean, Skye Noel.