Elder Justin Smith

Justin Smith was raised in Southeast Asia, the son of missionary parents. Although he always believed in God, he came to faith in Christ after attending a bible study while in the 7th grade. He had a subsequent encounter (or baptism) with the Holy Spirit while riding the city bus home from college in 1982. He has since been involved in various leadership roles in the local church including small group leader, director of small groups, Sunday school teacher, and worship committee.

Justin and his family moved to Arizona in 2006. Justin graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison (B.A. International Relations), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.A. Counseling Psychology), and Wheaton College (Psy.D. Clinical Psychology). He currently teaches counseling and pastoral care at Phoenix Seminary. Justin and his wife, Mary, have two children. They enjoy their golden retriever, playing games, swimming, biking, exotic food (satay, durian, chaptis), and living the mini-van life. Mary teaches 7th and 8th grade math and science at Leading Edge Academy.

Some things you might not know are that Mary first saw Justin while he was in a church drama production (no comment); their first conversation was about Christians in education (of course); and Justin proposed over Dilly Bars (everything goes better with ice cream).