Dean, Smith School of Christian Ministries
D.Min. Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary
M.Div. Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary
B.A. Villanova University
In addition to serving as Dean of the Wallace Charles Smith School of Christian Ministries here at Palmer, Dr. Smith is the Senior Minister at the historic Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. His ministerial career also includes pastorates at other outstanding churches: First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill, in Nashville, Tennessee (1985-1991); and Calvary Baptist Church in Chester, Pennsylvania (1974-1985), where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. served as a student intern.
From 2005-2010, Wallace served Palmer Seminary as president. He taught at Palmer (then Eastern Baptist) from 1979-1985; as Assistant Professor for Practical Theology, he was the first African American to be appointed to full-time faculty status at the Seminary. Dr. Smith has also served as Professor of the Practice of Ministry at Vanderbilt University Divinity School in Nashville, Tennessee and as an adjunct faculty member at Howard Divinity School and Wesley Theological Seminary, both located in Washington, DC.
Dr. Smith has traveled extensively and has preached on four continents. He served as a member of a reconciliation team that worked to bring black and white Baptists together in South Africa, and participated in a successful evangelistic tour to Cuba where he lectured and preached in seminaries and churches. He has received numerous invitations to attend official White House functions, including the signing of the historic Israel-Palestine Peace Accord.
He has been a contributing editor to The Pulpit Digest and has written numerous articles, including guest editorials, for the Washington Post. His book The Church in the Life of the Black Family (Judson Press) is in its sixth printing.