Rev. Lisa Cole-Smith
Lisa Cole Smith is the pastor and artistic director at Convergence Church. She is also an actor and creative entrepreneur in the Washington DC area. She received her BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and worked as a professional actor for many years before attending seminary and seeking a way to merge her calling as an artist and a person of faith. While in school, Cole Smith founded Shadows of Light Productions, a Theatre Company devoted to exploring the intersection of art, faith and the human experience. In 2006, she received her MTS degree from the John Leland Center for Theological Studies and founded Convergence: A Creative Community of Faith. She has served on the board of the NorthStar Church Network and Baptist News Global for which she writes periodic opinion columns on arts, culture and faith. Cole Smith teaches classes at the John Leland Seminary and Wesley Theological Seminary on the subjects of worship, theology and arts. She is never happier than when she is staring up at the sky from her backyard hammock or deeply engrossed in some new creative project.