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James A. Smith

Veteran Southern Baptist journalist James A. Smith Sr. has been named seminary executive editor and chief spokesman of Southern Seminary.

Smith, executive editor of the Florida Baptist Witness, told board members May 9 he will leave by July 31 to take on his new role. He has served as executive editor of the Witness since 2001. The seminary announced Smith’s hiring May 15.

Smith previously served at Southern Seminary from 1997-2001 as news director and later as director of public relations. From 1995-97 he was news and information director at Midwestern Seminary, and from 1989-95 he was director of government relations for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.