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Rev. Jeremy Smith

Rev. Jeremy Smith, ‘02
OCU Wimberly School of Religion
Bachelor of Arts in Religion

The Rev. Jeremy Smith serves as the Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Seattle, Washington. A former Bishop's Scholar at OCU, Jeremy graduated from Wimberly School of Religion (BA Religion 2002) and completed his studies at Boston University School of Theology (Masters of Divinity 2006).

Jeremy is best known for social media advocacy and his longtime blog Hacking Christianity (, which weaves together weird combinations of faith, technology, geek culture, and United Methodist commentary.

With a passion for removing roadblocks to open up personal spiritual growth, communal discernment, and global peace and justice, Jeremy has pastored churches in Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Washington state. A self-described “MethoDork,” Jeremy has attended five United Methodist global General Conferences, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the General Commission on Archives and History.

As Jeremy reflected upon his college career at OCU, he credited several faculty members for the impact they had upon him. Dr. Donna Dykes, Emerita Professor of Hebrew Bible, was very influential in teaching Jeremy the value of diversity and tolerance of varying religious points of view. Dr. Terry Phelps, Professor of English, taught him the value of being concise in his writing. Jeremy says that he keeps this teaching before him both in his blog and in his sermons. Jeremy was also the first class of religion students to have Dr. John Starkey as a professor in Dr. Starkey’s first year at OCU in 1998.

Jeremy, his partner Chelsea Paxton, and their three young daughters can often be found in the water, forests, or mountains around the Seattle area.