Pastor Colin Smith is Featured Speaker for Next Week's Simeon Series at Taylor

Published: Oct 21, 2011

Pastor Colin Smith

Chicago-area pastor Colin Smith is the featured speaker for Taylor University's eighth annual Charles Simeon Sermons series, which begin on Monday, October 24. The series began in 2004 with the late John Stott as the inaugurating expositor, and seeks to reflect Charles Simeon’s legacy of excellence in Bible teaching.

Smith, a former Taylor parent and past chapel speaker at Taylor, is senior pastor of the The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Arlington Heights, Ill. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He came to personal faith in Christ at the age of six, and sensed God's call to pastoral ministry early in life. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Master of Philosophy from London Bible College. Before coming to the States in 1996, Smith served as the Senior Pastor of the Enfield Evangelical Free Church in London for 16 years. While in London, he was active in the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches in England; and served the Fellowship as president.

Smith is the featured preacher for the radio series Unlocking The Bible with Colin Smith. He has published several books with Moody Publishers and is the teacher of the popular evangelistic video series, 10 Keys for Unlocking the Bible Story.

The sermons’ namesake, Charles Simeon, pastored Holy Trinity Church in England for 54 years. Simeon practiced and taught the art of Biblical exposition in the early 19th century. According to Taylor’s Campus Pastor Randy Gruendyke, the Simeon series helps the community recognize and appreciate Bible exegesis – i.e. preaching that examines scripture.

“He was a lifelong bachelor and one of his greatest burdens was for university students so there’s something very appropriate about the fact that the sermons here at Taylor are entitled the Simeon Sermons,” said Dr. Sinclair Ferguson, a theologian and seminary professor who is himself a past Simeon speaker at Taylor.

Simeon’s legacy influenced the founding of the University and College Christian Fellowship, the Church Missionary Society in England and the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship in the United States.