dr. William P. Smith
Counselor | Willow Grove Office
Dr. William P. Smith is passionate about showing people how God longs to connect with them in the midst of their fear, shame, apathy and sin.
Bill earned his Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering at Drexel University, Masters of Divinity in Biblical Counseling at Westminster Theological Seminary and Doctorate in Sociology at Rutgers University.
Before joining the ServingLeaders team, Bill served for eight years as director of a church-based counseling center (which he was asked to develop) at a Philadelphia suburban church. There, he counseled individuals and oversaw the development of interns and staff.
In total, he spent nearly twelve years serving at that church, in various ministry roles as a staff member, Pastor of Counseling, interim pastor for another congregation, Pastor of Shepherding Ministries, and Senior Pastor of Worship. His ministerial responsibilities included counseling, teaching, providing pastoral input to leaders of support groups and small groups, and -- as senior pastor -- overseeing the public worship of the congregation and preaching the majority of the Sunday morning messages.
Bill also spent thirteen years with the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF), where he counseled, taught regionally and internationally as a faculty member, served as the Associate Editor for the Journal of Biblical Counseling, and developed the distance education program for the organization.
Before becoming a professional counselor, Bill taught high school science at a small Christian school in Philadelphia and served as co-director for a ministry in the heart of West Philly that hired people off the street to help them overcome life-controlling addictions.
Bill’s passion to show people how God longs to connect with them in the midst of their fear, shame, apathy and sin is partly born out of his own childhood experiences. He grew up with a greater fear of God than an understanding of his love and grace. When he went away to college, he met Christians who loved the Lord in ways that were qualitatively different from him. When they worshipped or read the Scripture, they knew they were actually communicating with God. Rubbing shoulders with them helped open Bill’s eyes to who God is and gave him a greater desire to know him.
Bill enjoys being with his family, watching his kids’ sporting events, rehabbing his home, gardening, cooking, watching movies and reading, especially novels. As a devotional writer and speaker Bill is regularly captured by God’s unrelenting grace and kindness as He longs to connect with people in the midst of their fear, shame, apathy and sin. Bill loves seeing the unexpected ways that God interacts with people in scripture. And he loves unpacking those interactions so that people can see and experience Jesus in ways they haven’t before.
You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook or get his podcast.