Dr. Kent Smith
DR. P. KENT SMITH is a visionary community developer who co-founded both LK10 and the Eden Community, where he has found camaraderie in his quest to rediscover God’s call to a life of love in our disconnected times.
In his early years, Kent began asking, “How can people in our time actually experience the lifestyle of Joy in community promised by Jesus?” His search for answers led him from studies at York College, through a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a master’s in New Testament at Harding University, and finally to a doctorate on Spiritual Nurture Systems at the University of Dubuque. Along the way, he led several new and established churches.
In 1991, Kent joined the faculty of Abilene Christian University and began training domestic and overseas mission teams. After a year in Oxford, England in 2002, he became the founding director of ACU’s graduate internship in missional leadership, the Missionary Residency for North America (MRNA). In 2008, Kent co-founded LK10 where he serves as overseer and Ecosystem Champion.
Currently, Kent directs ACU’s Apprenticeship in Regenerative Culture (ARC). He and his wife Karen have five children and eleven grandchildren. They enjoy gardening, writing, research, travel and their shared work with the Eden Community of coaching students and consulting with new kingdom community initiatives across North America.