Henry L. Hillman Professor of Urban Ministry
Year Started at PTS: 2013




  • Ph.D., Yale University / Political Science
  • M.A./M.Phil., Yale University / Political Science
  • M.Div.., Yale University Divinity School Christian Ethics
  • B.S., Indiana University / Secondary Education; English


  • Church and Society
  • Introduction to Urban Ministry
  • Urban Contextual and Pubic Theology
  • Black Churches and Contemporary Public Life
  • Congregational and Community Issues
  • Ministry, Culture, and Contextual Analysis
  • Urban Christianity in Global Perspective
  • Global African Christianity
The Rev. Dr. R. Drew Smith
Professor Smith describes the course "Ministry Context and Culture".

Church Associations

Ordination: Independent Baptist

Professional Competencies

Areas of Specialty

  • Religion and public life
  • Sociology of urban religion
  • Christianity, race, and class
  • Churches and demographic change
  • Religion and social movements
  • Christianity and U.S. foreign policy

Professional Societies

  • Society for the Study of Black Religion
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Religion


  • 2011-2012: Fellow and Visiting Professor, James Weldon Johnson Institute, Emory University
  • 2010-2013: Research Fellow, Department of Philosophy and Systematic Theology, University of South Africa, Pretoria
  • 2010: Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Fellow/Visiting Faculty, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
  • 2009: Fulbright Senior Specialist, Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Kumba, Cameroon
  • 2007: Faculty-in-Residence and Fellow in the SAGES Program, Case Western Reserve University
  • 2005: Fulbright Professor, School of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Selected Academic Grants/Awards

  • 2020: Principle Investigator, Grant to respond to metro-Pittsburgh digital gap and other community needs during COVID crisis, Luce Foundation ($150,000)
  • 2020: Co-principal investigator, Grant to examine “Gentrification, and Racial Violence: An Exploration of Theology’s Participation in the Restructuring of Space”; Luce Foundation ($400,000)
  • 2018-2019: Co-investigator, Grant to assess reconciliation practices in South Sudan and Uganda, Nagel Institute; Calvin College/Templeton Foundation, ($50,000)
  • 2012: Grant for focus groups on urban ministry innovators; Louisville Institute
  • 2011: Grant to conduct survey of churches and social responses to migrants and immigrants in Pretoria South Africa; Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
  • 2006: Grant to study Civic Service in Lesotho; Center for Social Development, Washington University-St. Louis
  • 2001: Grant to study Interactions Between Faith Communities and the Urban Poor; Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • 2001: Grant for U.S. Study Tour for South African Youth Leaders and Youth Workers on Faith-Based Social Leadership Development; Ford Foundation
  • 1998: Grant for Public Influences of African-American Churches Project; The Pew Charitable Trusts

Additional Resources

* This material expresses the research and opinion of Smith and is not necessarily the opinion of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary faculty, staff, or Board of Directors.