Hey There! I’m Gwen Smith.
I want to help you know and trust God more.
I keep things real around here. Most of us don’t have time for fluff, so honest faith is what I’m all about. I won’t pretend to speak from a platform of perfection… because I’m as imperfect as you are, and I struggle just like you do! And I’m pretty sure we want the same thing: the full, abundant life Jesus came to give us . . . in spite of our feelings, failures, frustrations and fears.
Those who know me best say I’ve never met a stranger. True story. I genuinely love people.
And I love to laugh. Loudly.
As a wife, mom, sister, friend and working woman, I understand how challenging it can be to know and trust God in the messy middle of it all. Life, family, careers and faith are complicated. So on the pages of this site and in the heart of ministry I work hard to connect God’s strength to your strains.
I do this in several ways… I speak at events. On my podcast, I interview incredible women who share practical and meaningful inspiration. I lead worship and perform concerts. I coach. I write books, devotions and songs. I post, pin and tweet on social media and am obsessed with the beauty of community. All to encourage and challenge you toward the heart of Jesus in His grace and truth.
And I’m a Bible girl. Every conversation we have will center around the Word because I believe, wholeheartedly, that the Bible is divinely inspired truth.
I am the author of I Want it All (David C. Cook Publishing) and Broken into Beautiful (Harvest House Publishing), co-author of Trusting God and Knowing God by Name (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing). I am one of three co-founders of Girlfriends in God, a conference and devotional ministry with more than 800,000 subscribers from all across the world.
I speak, lead worship and perform concerts for thousands of people annually at Christian women’s events and churches. Over the years, I’ve shared the ministry platform with lots of amazing people. Some include Ruth Graham, Lysa TerKeurst, Susie Larson, Dannah Gresh, Stormie Omartian, Craig Groeschel, Carol Kent, Dr. Tony Evans, Mandisa, Liz Curtis Higgs, Jeff Foxworthy and many more.
The GRACEOLOGIE with Gwen Smith podcast first aired in June, 2018 and is now in season 2. The heart of the show is to encourage Christian women through fun, faith-focused, grace-filled conversations that offer practical and meaningful help.
I’ve written and co-produced 6 full-length CDs and 2 EPs (both worship and Christian contemporary songs). I was a staff songwriter and worship artist for Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing from 2008-2011, have written freelance for LifeWay and Lillenas Publishing, and now occasionally write for Grace Girl Music, in collaboration with Sunday Best Music out of Nashville, Tennessee.
My testimony, stories and songs have been shared on many TV shows, including Life Today with James and Betty Robison and The 700 Club.
Not-so Formal Me…
I am a coffee-craving, potato-chip-eating, dark chocolate lover who struggles like many with dirty dishes, messy piles, mountains of laundry, complicated emotions and cellulite. I play guitar and live to lose myself in worship at the piano. Volleyball is my sport of choice. Love. That. Game.
The Smith family rocks my world and they are my first ministry priority. I’ve been married to Brad, my hunky college honey, for 26 years now. We have three cool young-adult children who keep us on our toes and on our knees and we live in sunny North Carolina where we attend Life Fellowship Church. (www.LifeCharlotte.com)
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