Calvin University

Laura Smit


The Rev. Dr. Laura A. Smit is Professor of Theology at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she has been teaching since 1999. She is also the Assistant Pastor of Good Shepherd Church in Grand Rapids and the author of three books: II Corinthians: Serving in Weakness (1998), Judges & Ruth (2018) and Loves Me, Loves Me Not: The Ethics of Unrequited Love (2005). Smit is ordained as a minister of the Word in both ECO (A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians) and the CRCNA (Christian Reformed Church of North America).

For five years, Smit served as the Dean of the Chapel at Calvin College. She is a member of the national Theology Task Force for ECO and ECO’s Great Lakes Presbytery. Smit is also an active member of Evangelicals and Catholics Together.

Smit wrote her dissertation on aesthetic epistemology in the theology of Bonaventure. Her current research interests focus on the thought of C.S. Lewis, particularly on Lewis as a medievalist. Smit is currently working on a book about the virtue of magnanimity in Lewis and his sources.

Festival Years: 2002