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Prof. Jeff Smith, MC, MAWS

Instructor in Creative Communication
Choreography, Drama & Screenwriting Specialist
International Experience: USA, Canada, Indonesia, Philippines, Switzerland & South Africa

 

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Education

  • Master of Arts in Worship Studies, Liberty University
  • Master of Communication (Script and Screen Writing), Regent University
  • Officer Basic and Advanced Military Schools, US Army
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

Portfolio Project at Regent University

  • "Framing the Collage: Couples and I Witness." (Chair: Dr.Gillette Elvgren)

 

Teaching Specializations

  • Choreography and Creative Movement in Worship
  • Script and Screen Writing

 

Ministry & Professional Experiences

  • Director, Salt & Light Ministries, Chesterfield, VA
  • Children's Pastor, Mount Pleasant Baptist Church,  Colonial Heights, VA
  • Director of Creative Arts, Cornerstone Church, Richmond, VA
  • Officer, United States Army

 

Workshops and Seminars

Creativity and Concept

  • Get out of the Boat!: Creative approaches to teaching and sharing God’s Word
  • Telling the Old, Old Story in a New, New Way: Bringing Bible stories to life to a post-modern culture
  • Scripture as Script: WORD HEARD!: The Bible as the original dramatic text!
  • POP UP Narratives: A SIMPLE and effective way to stage any biblical narrative

Creative Movement

  • Movement for Non-Movers Series (God Rods): Using dowel rods to interpret lyrics
  • Movement for Non-Movers Series (Sign and Hand Gestures): Using  hand gestures to interpret lyrics
  • Devotion in Motion: A theology of worship that shapes your approach to planning praise in kid’s church
  • Points for Praise: Instilling a pattern of praise in the spiritual life of children
  • Scripture Rep Raps: Using music and movement to help your children learn and remember scripture
  • Movement for Non-Movers (Human Video): Using the human form to interpret lyrics
  • Movement for Non-Movers (Tableaus): Using ancient movement techniques to creatively stage basic Bible stories

Curriculum & Spiritual Formation in Children

  • Generation to Generation: A Storyteller’s Guide to Passing on Your Faith
  • Knight Moves:  Affirming Boys in Manhood
  • Chronological Bible Storytelling and its place in the Spiritual Formation of Children
  • Pray for the Children: How Jesus prayed for ‘His Children’ in John 17

 

Conferences and Clinics

  • Music and Arts Conference UMC, Lake Junalaska, NC
  • Church of God Bible Seminary, Manilla, Philippines
  • South Carolina SBC Worship Summit, Columbia, SC
  • American Baptist Annual Conference, Interlakken, Switzerland
  • Kidfest Conference, Church of God
  • Indofest, Children’s Ministry Conference, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Minneapolis Lutheran Educators Conference, Minneapolis, MN
  • Louisiana Baptist Creative Ministries Conference, Shreveport, LA
  • Arkansas Baptist Convention Children’s Choir (Joyworks), Fayetteville, AK
  • LYFE Women’s Conference, Clark Summit, PA
  • Keynote Speaker/Clinician: Ivangeli Children’s Pastors Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • INCM Spanish Ministry Leader’s Conference, San Antonio, TX
  • FOCUS Children’s Ministry Conference, Church of God, Greenville, SC
  • Creative Ministries Conference, Lancaster, OH
  • Music California, Sacramento, CA
  • Upswing Children’s Ministry Conference: Edmonton, Calgary
  • Cook Publishing Children’s Ministry Network Seminars (Various)
  • Southeast Synod Lutheran Conference, Virginia Beach, VA
  • CARAT Creative Ministry Conference, Orlando, FL
  • CMA Sr. Adult Conference, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Cumbre de Arts Creativas, Lima, Peru
  • Free Will Baptist Youth Conference, Mount Olive University, NC
  • WMU Leadership Conference, Ridgecrest, NC
  • Circus Magic Clowning Conference, Norfolk, VA
  • Florida Synod Lutheran Chrisitan Educator’s Seminar, Orlando, FL
  • Pastor’s Conference, Hannaford Street Bible Church, Helena, MT
  • Cooker T. Ministries Creative Arts Festival, Orlando, FL
  • Kids Creative Arts Camp, Toronto, Ont
  • Creative Movement Ministry Conference
  • SCSBC State Youth Music Arts Conference: Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Children’s Ministry Conference, Port of Spain, Trinidad
  • The Gathering (Music Minister’s Conference), Hilton Head, SC
  • Great Smoky Mountain Drama Festival
  • Baptist Music Conferences in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina
  • Tennessee Teen Christian Conference
  • Ohio Evangelism Conference
  • Washington State Regional Nazarene Youth Conference
  • Toronto Kidz Games Conference
  • Singapore and Indonesia Creative Arts Conference
  • American Baptist Music Conference
  • Southeastern Lutheran Ministry Conference
  • Evangelical Free Ministries Conference
  • Edmonton Canada Youth Conference
  • Big GOD Conference
  • Northwest Christian Educator’s Conference, Seattle, WA
  • American Baptist Association of Oregon National Convention
  • Worship Northwest Music and Drama Conference
  • Virginia Puppetry Festival
  • Upwards Sports Training Seminars and Banquets
  • Baptist Drama Festivals in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
  • National Baptist Preschool and Children’s Ministry Conference
  • National Assembly of God Children’s Ministry Conference
  • National Church of God Children’s Ministry Conference
  • International Festival of Puppetry and Ventriloquists, Kankakee, IL
  • Capital Music Conference, Washington, DC
  • Canadian Children’s Network Ministry Conference
  • Kidzfest, South Africa
  • SuperWow, Georgia Baptist Youth Convention
  • Christian Supply Music Conference, Spartanburg and Hilton Head, SC
  • Baptist Recreation Lab. (Recreation Pastors)
  • One Way Street State Puppet Festivals
  • Children's Ministry University, Muskegon, MI
  • Lillenas Drama Festival, Kansas City, MO
  • International Network of Children’s Ministries, Children's Pastor's Conference
  • Youth Ministry Lab, Raleigh, NC
  • California Dramafest, Sacramento, CA
  • National Baptist Drama Festival
  • Curtain Call, North Carolina Baptist Drama Festival
  • Shiginoff Youth Festival, Hazard, KY
  • Christian Artist's Seminar, Estes Park, CO
  • Fellowship of Christian Puppeteers National Festival
  • Hawaii State Christian Endeavor Conference
  • Sonshine Youth Festival, Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Creations Drama Festival, Gatlinburg, TN
  • International Fellowship of Christian Businessmen, Grantham, PA, and Youth Explosion
  • Lamb Jam, Dover, DE
  • CITA (Christians In Theatre Arts): National and Regional Conferences across the United States
  • Christian Artist's Europe, Amsterdam

 

Theatre Productions

Salt and Light Ministries

  • Actor/Director/Writer: "Stained Glass Windows."
  • Actor: "Grand Strands Passion Play."
  • Actor/Director: "Nativity on the Square."
  • Director/Writer: "Farmer Diggins and the Christmas Miracle."
  • Director/Writer/Actor: "Farmer Diggins and the Holy Spirit Fruit Farm."
  • Actor/Director: "Tilly."
  • Actor/Director/Writer: "Joy In the Journey: The Love Story of Mary and Joseph."
  • Actor/Director: "Hot Under the Collar."
  • Actor/Director/Writer: "Here Comes A Miracle."
  • Actor/Director/Writer: "We Beheld His Glory."
  • Actor/Director/Choreographer: "The Singer."
  • Actor/Director/Writer: "Job: The Wizard of Uz."
  • Actor/Director/Writer: "I Witness."

Regent University

  • Actor: "Couples."
  • Actor: "Suburbs of Eden." Best Play, Regent One-Act Festival.
  • Actor/Writer/Director: "Noah and Zoah"

Ft. Lee Playhouse

  • Actor: "I Do! I Do!"
  • Actor: "Grease."
  • Actor: "King & I."
  • Actor: "Pippin."
  • Actor: "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."

United States Army

  • Performer: "All-Army Soldier's Show." A United States promotional tour showcasing the Army's best talent

 

Musicals and Plays

  • Writer, Director, “It’s VBS, Charlie Black”, Vacation Bible School
  • Writer, Director, “Whoville”, Vacation Bible School
  • Writer, Clinician, “Kickin’ It Up”, Kids Arts Camp, Escondido, CA
  • Writer, Director, “The Lone Manger”, Children’s Christmas Musical.
  • Writer, Director, “Planet Praise: Battle for Worship”, Vacation Bible School
  • Writer, Director, “4 Nights at a Museum”, Vacation Bible School
  • Writer, Director, “Pirates of the’I-Don’t Care’-ibbean. Vacation Bible School published by Lillenas Publishing
  • Writer, Director, “The Love Liner” Interactive Dinner Theatre published by Lillenas Publishing
  • Writer, Director, “Cursed – Foiled Again!” Vacation Bible School
  • Writer, Director, “Fight for the Light” Vacation Bible School
  • Writer, Director, “I Can U and the Extreme Dream” Vacation Bible School.
  • Writer, Director, “Grand Slams” Vacation Bible School
  • Writer, Director, “Great Escapes” Vacation Bible School
  • Writer, Director, "Vertical Reality" Vacation Bible School
  • Writer, Director, "Knights of the Lord's Table." Vacation Bible School
  • Writer, Director, "The Missing Body of Christ." Vacation Bible School
  • Writer, Director, "Farmer Diggins and the Holy Spirit Fruit Farm." Vacation Bible School

 

Honors and Awards

  • Best Comedy Sketch, Best Dramatic Sketch, CITA Sketchwriting Contest
  • Grand Prize Winner for Drama, Christian Artist's Seminar, Estes Park, Colorado
  • Best Male Vocalist, Major Army Commands
  • Member, All Army Soldier's Show, touring US, Europe and Far East

 

Publications

  • More than 75 publications by Lillenas Drama Resources and Standard Publishing  
  • Multiple training DVDs and other multimedia resources