Dr. Yolanda Smith

Yolanda Smith

Yale Divinity School

Yolanda Smith was educated at three different institutions. She remained in her home state for her undergraduate training and earned her bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University. She then headed east and earned an M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary (1990) before returning to the West where she completed her education by earning a M.A. and Ph.D. in theology at Claremont (1997).

She joined the YDS faculty as a visiting assistant professor in Christian education in 2000. She became member of the core faculty as an assistant professor in 2002, serving in this capacity until 2008 when a bout with cancer forced her to change directions. On disability, she continued to serve YDS part-time as a research scholar and a lecturer. She was able to teach at least one course each year through the 2014-2015 academic year. She was recognized by her peers in the profession when she was elected president of the Religious Education Association (2012-2013).

Bible Study Studying the Bible with Youth

Practical theologians and youth pastors discuss the best approaches, tools, and frameworks to use when leading adolescents in Bible study, exploring the spiritual needs of young people and the transformative power that good Bible study can have on youth.

Silhouette of a girl sitting in meditation Spiritual Practices in Youth Ministry

Theologians, philosophers, and pastors examine the effects that habitual practices have on our lives and discuss the importance of prayer and spiritual practices as habits that orient us towards God. Various spiritual practices are explained, taught, and offered as potential ways to engage adolescents in experiential prayer.

Cultivating Worshipful Youth

This course explores the importance of worship for youth. Theologians and pastors explore different facets of worship, why we do these things in worship and how to best implement them in youth worship services.

Close up of a fish pendant necklace Offering Effective Pastoral Care

Theologians, philosophers, and pastors examine the importance of pastoral care to youth and their families as part of a robust youth ministry.