Garrett Smith, Director of Outreach and Spiritual Formation
My wife Nici and I are the parents of three wonderful children, Daliya, Zachary, and Ilana. I am originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, and my wife comes from the country of Namibia in Southern Africa. We were married out in the middle of the desert in Namibia. I was raised Jewish, and became a believer in Jesus while I was living in Israel about fifteen years ago. We raise our children in both the Jewish and Christian worlds as my wife comes from a Jewish background as well. I also have a ministry working with Jewish interfaith couples (www.celebratelife.us) and a book, Comfortably Jewish: Practical Ways To Enjoy Your Family Heritage.
I have a Doctorate in Marriage and Family Counseling and Masters of Divinity degrees from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in Business/Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. I am also the teaching elder at a local Messianic Jewish Fellowship that meets the First Friday of each month at NPC (www.sarshalom.us).
Read how I became a believer in Jesus – “Jewish Buddhist finds Jesus”
Favorite Authors: J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis
Favorite Quote: “My God is alive and well. Sorry to hear about yours.”
Favorite Food: Love ethnic food – Ethiopian, Thai, Mexican, you name it, I will eat it.
Favorite Ice Cream: Dastardly Mash – Ben and Jerry’s stopped making it about 10-15 years ago, and I still have not recovered.
Favorite Singer(s)/Band(s): James Taylor, Gypsy Kings
Favorite Outdoor Activities: Basketball and Playing with my kids
Favorite Sports Team(s): Celtics, Patriots, Red Sox
Favorite Drink(s): Milk Shake, Coconut Water, Lassi