Pastor J. Michael Smith is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Wesley Theological Seminary (Washington D.C.) His academic degrees are in psychology, history, and theology. He is married to Jie Wu. (Jie is the director of Chinese Ministry based at the Wesley Foundation at the University of Illinois in Urbana.) They are the parents of three grown daughters: Mindy, Alison, and Scarlette. And they have one grandchild, Sean.
Pastor Smith has served churches in West Virginia (Harpers Ferry) and Illinois (Olney, Madison, Carmi, Carbondale, Granite City, Glen Carbon, and Urbana.) He is an ordained elder in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the United Methodist Church.
You can read his writings at his website: jmichaelsmith.net