Growing up in Old Fort, Kathy J. Smith attended Fort Seneca United Church of Christ, took piano lessons with Jean Siegley and graduated from Old Fort High School. After earning a nursing degree at Excelsior University, she went on to earn a master's degree at Vision International University. Now an ordained minister, educator and author, she resides in Ramona, California.
"My parents live in Tiffin, Joallen and Dorothy Smith, and they attend the First Christian Church of Tiffin. I have numerous aunts, uncles and cousins who live in the Tiffin area, as well as one brother and his family. I have a son living with his family in Findlay," Smith said.
Kathy J. Smith
The mother of four and grandmother of eight is to be in the area this week to visit family members and to autograph copies of her book 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Saturday at Paper and Ink in Tiffin. Published in June 2013, Smith's non-fiction book is called "Treasures of the Heart: The Gifts of the Trinity." Its focus is the importance of using one's talents to fulfill God's plan. Smith said she took an interest in writing as a child, beginning with short stories.
"I started writing in the third grade in response to an assignment by Mrs. Gibson at Old Fort Elementary. I have been writing ever since," she said.
She began writing articles for publication in the 1990s, starting with "Is Your Reservation Confirmed?" It first appeared in an Assembly of God Teacher's Resource publication and in the Southern Baptist publication, "Church Recreation." She also wrote children's plays, puppet skits, teachers' resource books and curriculum.
Her Christmas musical, "In Search of a Star" has been performed twice in California churches, and her plays "The Three King's Kids" and "Guilty as Charged" were performed by the youth of local congregations in Ohio.
Formerly a staff pastor and director of pastoral care, Smith is director of Vision Publishing in Ramona, affiliated with Vision International University, and The International Training and Education Network. Having appeared on local Christian television and radio programs, she frequently teaches and ministers to local congregations and Vision Resource centers. While in Ohio, Smith is to speak Sunday at Pinewood Tabernacle in Toledo. Smith is pursuing a doctoral degree.
"I am currently working on my doctoral project. Once complete, it will be volume II of the book 'Treasures of the Heart.'It is about God's plan to unify and mature the body of Christ," Smith said. "I am also working on a book based upon the eight graces and the accompanying promises found in Matthew 5."
Smith said she enjoys traveling to locations across the United States to minister from the pulpit and teach at college campuses. For more information, visit kathysblog.org or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her book is available on Amazon.com, and copies can be purchased for $10 at her book signing Saturday.