By Sarah Goff
Union University news office
JACKSON — At Union University, Eric and Candace Smith were preparing for their life in ministry. Eric and Candance met as sophomores while Eric was studying theology and Candace was studying nursing. They both graduated in the spring of 2008.
Today, Eric is the senior pastor of Sharon Baptist Church in Savannah. The Smiths have served at the church since 2013. Candace is a stay-at-home mother to their three children who are 9, 7 and 5 years old. Eric earned his master of divinity and doctor of philosophy from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.
“We wouldn’t be where we are today if it wasn’t for Union University,” Candace said.
Eric not only has a heart for serving and leading his church, but a passion for writing, as well. His new book, Oliver Hart and the Rise of Baptist America, was published by Oxford University Press in August 2020. He is also the author of Order and Ardor: The Revival Spirituality of Oliver Hart and the Regular Baptists of Eighteenth-Century South Carolina published by the University of South Carolina Press in 2018. [Read more…]