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Deron Smith 

College of Bible and Mins

Dir. of Accel Past. Ldsp


Deron came to Lipscomb in July 2020 to join the wider mission of Lipscomb to equip and educate students to reflect the character of Jesus as they prepare to engage the world in any and every vocation. He serves alongside the Student Life Team as Dean of Vocation and Spiritual Formation and with the College of Bible and Ministry as an Assistant Professor. In Student Life, he works closely with Career Development and Veteran Services. 

Deron's ministry experience includes more than 16 years as Lead Preaching Minister at the East Sunshine Church of Christ in Springfield, Missouri (2004-2020) and 8 years in cross-cultural missions with a team in Jinja, Uganda (1994-2002). Deron continues his connection to Uganda by serving on the board of the Kibo Group, a faith-inspired nonprofit that partners with East Africans to pursue local solutions for poverty and injustice to help communities flourish.

Deron received his B.S. (Bible, 1990) and M.Div. (2000) from Harding University and his Ph.D. in theology from Trinity College, Bristol, UK (2004). 
Deron is joyfully married to Becca, and they have three grown daughters, Abby Dingus, Makayla Henderson, and Toria. He enjoys doing anything with Becca, bragging on his daughters, hanging out with students, watching sports, working out to music, and sipping strong coffee.