Dr. Steve Smith: 1939-2010
Dr. Steve Smith, who served God and the Church as Trinity’s professor of Theology and Ethics for 22 years before his retirement in 2003, died September 19. Dr. Smith struggled with a Parkinson’s-related disease for nearly a decade. He is survived by his wife, Joyce, and his children; Rebecca Ford, Greenwich, CT, Elizabeth Avrigean of Pittsburgh and Andrew Smith of Pittsburgh. The Smiths owned the Whistlestop Bed and Breakfast in Leetsdale for 17 years, which hosted many Trinity students during their visits to campus for January and June terms. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Stephen’s Church, Sewickley, PA, by the Rev. Geoff Chapman at 10 am, Saturday, September 25. Cards and messages can be sent to his wife, Joyce, at 3 Genkinger Dr., Zelienople, PA 16063-2201.
Words cannot express how much we miss him or in what glory he now finds himself in the nearer presence of Christ,” the Rt. Rev. Dr. John Rodgers, Trinity dean-president emeritus.
Dr. Smith was a graduate of Stanford University and of Fuller Theological Seminary and served as an Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship staff worker in the Pacific Northwest. He obtained his Doctorate at Claremont Graduate University in 1980. During his time at Trinity, Dr. Smith was known for his deep interest and engaging teaching in the areas of evangelism, apologetics and the parables of Jesus. “Believers,” said Dr. Smith, “must be characterized by the settled conviction that the Christian vision of reality is true – not just valid if it fits your needs – and that it provides healing for our lives and our culture.”
“The LORD Jesus Christ richly poured out the spiritual gift of teaching upon Steve Smith,” said the Rev. Benjamin Wright, MDiv 1994, “Steve constantly challenged his students to be not only fully informed and knowledgeable, but to be logically organized in articulating everything that they said and wrote. My own preaching and teaching greatly improved because of his mentoring and persistent challenge to excellence,” he added.
“Steve was a dear friend, a wonderful colleague, a superb teacher, and a gifted apologist and theologian. Those who studied with him were greatly blessed. Steve never quit sharing the Gospel. Even while his illness limited his ability to think and articulate, he was discussing subjects like Plato’s ethics with the nursing staff, no doubt as a prelude to some form of evangelism. Words cannot express how much we miss him or in what glory he now finds himself in the nearer presence of Christ,” said the Rt. Rev. Dr. John Rodgers, Trinity dean-president emeritus.