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Patrick Smith

  • Associate Professor of Philosophical Theology and Ethics

First Year at Gordon-Conwell:



  • B.S. (Auburn University)
  • M.Div. Trinity International University
  • M.A. Wayne State University
  • Ph.D. Wayne State University


Faith and Reason, Hospice, End-of-Life Care, Bioethics


Patrick has specific interests in the areas of ethical theory, end-of-life medical ethics, hospice palliative care, religious epistemology and analytic philosophical theology. He received an academic appointment as a Research Fellow in Medical Ethics through the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics (formerly the Division of Medical Ethics, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine) for the 2013–2015 academic years.

Patrick works professionally as the Ethics Coordinator for Angela Hospice Care Center in Livonia, MI. He has served on the Ethics Advisory Council for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and as a board member for the Hospice Palliative Care Association of Michigan. He currently serves on the Children's Hospital Boston Ethics Advisory Committee and the Community Ethics Committee sponsored by the Harvard Ethics Leadership Group. He is an Associate Fellow for the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity at Trinity International University. He is on the editorial advisory boards for Christian Bioethics: Non-Ecumenical Studies in Medical Morality, Oxford University Press Journal and the forthcoming International Journal for Sports and Christianity.

He has given numerous seminars and professional presentations on a wide range of topics at professional meetings and conferences in various health care organizations, churches, on radio, and college and university campuses. Along with regional commitments, he is dedicated to global education having taught courses and given talks to pastors, medical professionals, educators and community leaders in Kitwe, Zambia; Johannesburg, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya; and various regions in the West Indies.

He enjoys listening to classic jazz and watching baseball and college football. He and his wife have been married since 1998. They have two beautiful children.