Chief Advocate

Dr. Glenn Smith is married to Sandra and together they have three daughters, Jenna (1981), Julia (1984) and Christa (1986). Glenn did his graduate studies in Patristics at the University of Ottawa and his doctoral thesis in contextual theology at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Chicago. He has received an honorary doctorate from the Union des universités privées d’Haïti for his contribution to urban theological praxis in that country. Glenn and his wife Sandy lead a home group ministry with their church La Chapelle in Montréal.


He was the Executive Director of Christian Direction in Montreal from 1983-2018 – a multi-faceted ministry committed to seeing God transform urban communities by the concerted actions of committed Christians in the cities of the francophone world. As younger leadership took over the direction of the ministry, he assumed his present role as Chief Advocate. He is a professor of urban theology and missiology at ITF – the Institut de théologie pour la francophonie (Université Laval) where he is the Academic Dean. He is also the Dean of the Practical Theology Masters Program of ITF and Presbyterian College in Montreal. He was a sessional lecturer at McGill University and at the Université chrétienne du Nord d’Haïti.


While directing the ministry of Christian Direction, Glenn Smith was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities from 1986 to 1990 and its President from 1990-1992. He was a member of the Protestant Committee of the Quebec Superior Council of Education from 1986-1991 and its President during the two school years of 1992 and 1993.  He became the President of the Protestant Partnership on Education in 1994.  Moreover, from 1993-2006, he was a member of the Board of Directors of World Vision Canada.  In 1994, he became the Chair of the Education Commission of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. In 1996, he also became Vice-Chair of the Alliance francophone des protestants évangéliques du Québec (French Alliance of Protestants and Evangelicals in Quebec). From 1999-2004, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism. Since 2006, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship of Canada and served on the executive committee of IFES (its international equivalent). He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Éco-quartier Peter-McGill located in Montréal.  Presently he is the co-Chair of the Roman Catholic/Evangelical Dialogue in Canada.


He is the co-author of the book, Espoir pour la ville, Dieu dans la cité (Hope for the city, God in the city), and author of Éduquer les enfants : une vision protestante de l’école, and The Protestant Church in Quebec since 1960, also published in French. He is the co-editor of The Gospel & Urbanization, a 3,000 + page reader that is into its 5th edition in French and English on urban ministry. He is the author of Following Jesus: God invites us to transforming discipleship that was published also in French and Spanish. His forthcoming book is entitled, City Air Makes You Free: To Transform the City through a Fresh, Biblical Hermeneutic. He has also authored a Bible study called Following Jesus into the public sphere of Québec culture. He is the author of numerous articles on urban mission. He was a Senior Associate for Large Cities with the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization and was the director of the afternoon program for the 3rd Congress of Lausanne that took place in Cape Town in October 2010.