In that role, Smith will be responsible for overseeing operations for the Fellowship, a group of conservative Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) congregations that are considering limiting their affiliation with the denomination or separating from it entirely.
According to a news release on Smith’s appointment, the Fellowship’s operations include “organizational strategy, donor development, budget, benefits and legal incorporation.”
Most recently, Smith has been treasurer of First Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., a 3,900-member congregation of which Jim Singleton, one of the Fellowship organizers, is pastor. (Singleton has announced that he is leaving First Presbyterian next July to join the faculty at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts.)
She went to work in 2008 at First Presbyterian, where her first job was chief executive of the staff. Before that, she had a long career in accounting.
She worked for 36 years for BKD, a large regional accounting and advising firm, becoming managing partner of the firm’s Denver/Colorado Springs office and serving on the company’s national management committee.