Greg was awarded a degree in Theatre Studies at the University of Warwick in 1986. Upon graduation, he pursued a career in social work working with offenders. Following a call to ordination in the mid-90s, he undertook training at Queen’s Theological College in Birmingham and was awarded a first-class degree in Applied Theology by the University of Birmingham. He was ordained into the Church of England at Coventry Cathedral in 1999 and has served in Coventry Diocese as a Parish Priest ever since.
In parallel to his church ministry, he pursued his academic career obtaining an MA in Ministry at Oxford Brookes in 2006, which included a research project into climate change and what motivates clergy to act. He continued his study with a doctoral research project investigating best practice in the parish based training of Church of England and Church in Wales clergy. He was awarded his doctorate by the University of Warwick in 2016.
Greg’s principle research interests concern ministerial training, development, flourishing and survival, with emphasis on the role of the mentor/trainer and how psychological type informs our understanding of ministerial practice.
Francis LJ and Smith G (2012) Separating sheep from goats: Using psychological type theory in a preaching workshop on Matthew 25: 31-46. Journal of Adult Theological Education 9: 175-191.
Francis LJ and Smith G (2013) Reading and proclaiming the Birth Narratives from Luke and Matthew: A study in empirical theology among curates and their training incumbents employing the SIFT method. HTS Theological Studies 69(1): article 2001, 1-13.
Francis LJ and Smith G (2014) Reading and Proclaiming the Advent Call of John the Baptist: an empirical enquiry employing the SIFT method. HTS Theological Studies 70(1): article 2718, 1-9.
Francis LJ and Smith G (2015) Exploring organized and visionary approaches to designing an Advent Fun Day in an educational setting. International Journal of Christianity and Education Vol 19(1), 57-72
Leslie J. Francis & Greg Smith (2016) Introverts and Extraverts Reflecting on the Experience of Parish Ministry: Conversation Between Training Incumbents and Curates, Journal of Research on Christian Education, 25:1, 76-85, DOI: 10.1080/10656219.2016.1139999
Smith G (2015) The Work-Related Psychological Health of Introverts And Extraverts in Ministry: Exploring the Balanced Affect Model. RSSR 26.
Smith, G., & Francis, L. J. Difficult texts: Mark 10: 46-52. Theology, 119, 200-203