Evangelist, missionary to speak

Christian evangelist and missionary to the Muslims, the Rev. Dr. Jay Smith, will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at Canoe Creek Brethren in Christ Church, 348 Beaver Dam Road, Hollidaysburg.

Smith was born in India to Brethren in Christ missionaries. Both his parents and grandparents were missionaries. Smith left India when he was 17 years old to come to America for his graduate and postgraduate education.

While attending a seminar on Islam in 1981 in Philadelphia, he learned that there were 800 million Muslims in the world but only 1,500 Christian missionaries working among them, or only 2 percent of the missionaries in the world. He and his wife, “another missionary kid,” then moved to West Africa to work with Muslims there for five years. While there, they were told there was a large, growing Islamic radicalism that was happening in London and in 1992 they were asked to go there.

Until recently, he served as a missionary in London for 25 years.

Smith holds masters’ degrees in divinity and Islamics, and has a Ph.D. in apologetics and polemics from the Melbourne School of Theology, Australia. He is a visiting lecturer for the Oakhill College in London, the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and the Wycliffe Hall, in Oxford, and has taught apologetics at various religious schools and seminaries.

Since 2001, he has also taught Islamics in the U.S. and Europe with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, as well as the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. He is also the International director of the Pfander Centre for Apologetics in London, England, and has now returned to the U.S. to work with i2 ministries, taking what he has learned in the UK to the rest of the world.

For more information about Canoe Creek Brethren in Christ Church, visit http://www.canoe creekchurch.org.