Dr. Smith has written numerous articles and speaks extensively on issues of church and society, congregational renewal, Christian spirituality, and the thought of Howard Thurman. His current research focuses on the writings and correspondence of Howard Thurman, advocacy on behalf of children, and a spirituality of hope. Dr. Smith is an ordained elder in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.
In 2009, Dr. Smith received the Phillips School of Theology "Bishops Thomas Hoyt and Paul Stewart Institutional Ministry Award for Outstanding Service to the Ministry of Academics." In 2010, he was the recipient of Emory University's "2010 Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award," which is given "in recognition of the important role of classroom teaching in classroom teaching in collegiate and graduate education."