British Baptist Historians 3: Karen E. Smith

Karen Smith is actually American, but has been teaching at the South Wales Baptist College since 1991, and is the pastor of Orchard Place Baptist Church in Neath. She was brought up in Georgia (U.S.A.) and graduated from Mercer University in Macon and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She then went to Oxford University where she did research on eighteenth century Baptist life under the supervision of B. R. White (DPhil 1987). Dr Smith has written a number of articles and contributed to scholarly works on Baptist history and spirituality. She gave the 1994 Hughey Memorial Lectures at IBTS.

Selected Publications

‘Beyond Public and Private Spheres: Another Look at Women in Baptist History and Historiography’, Baptist Quarterly 34.4 (1991), 79-87

‘The Role of Women in Early Baptist Missions’, Review and Expositor 89.1 (Winter, 1992), 35-48

‘The Liberty Not to Be a Christian: Robert Robinson (1735-1790) of Cambridge and Freedom of Conscience’ in Distinctively Baptist essays on Baptist history: a festschrift in honor of Walter. B. Shurden (Mercer, 1995)

‘The Covenant Life of some Eighteenth-Century Calvinistic Baptists in Hampshire and Wiltshire’ in Pilgrim Pathways: essays in Baptist history in honour of B. R. White (Mercer, 1999)

‘Forgotten Sisters: The Contributions of Some Notable but Un-noted British Baptist Women’ in Recycling the Past or Researching History?: Studies in Baptist Historiography and Myths (Paternoster, 2005)

‘British Women and the Baptist World Alliance: Honoured Partners and Fellow Workers?’, Baptist Quarterly 41.1 (January 2005), 25-46

‘The Liberty not to be a Christian: Robert Robinson (1735-1790) of Cambridge and Freedom of Conscience’ in Marc A. Jolley & John D. Pierce (eds.), Distinctive Baptists: Essays on Baptist History. A Festchrift in Honor of Walter B. Shurden (Mercer, 2005)

‘Preparation as a Discipline of Devotion in Eighteenth-Century England: A Lost Facet of Baptist Identity?’ in Baptist Identities: International Studies from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Centuries (Paternoster, 2006)

‘Women in Cultural Captivity: British Women and the Zenana Mission’ Baptist History and Heritage 41.1 (Winter 2006), 30-41

Christian Spirituality (SCM, 2008)

‘Nonconformists, the Home and Family Life’ in Robert Pope (ed.), The T & T Clark Companion to Nonconformity (T & T Clark, 2013)

‘Charles Frederic Aked (1864-1941): “A Fighting Parson” for Social Reform’, Perspectives in Religious Studies 42.2 (Summer 2015)

‘What About the Widows?: An Appeal to Nineteenth-Century Baptist Women’ in John H. Y. Briggs and Anthony R. Cross (eds.), Baptists and the World: Renewing the Vision (CBHHS Vol. 8.: Regent’ s Park College, 2011).

The Community and the Believers: A Study of Calvinistic Baptist Spirituality in Some Towns and Villages of Hampshire and the Borders of Wiltshire, c.1730-1830 (Paternoster, forthcoming)


Baptist Quarterly, October 2009

C. H. Spurgeon and Baptism: Part 1: The Question of Baptismal Sacramentalism – Peter J. Modern

A Baptist View of Ordained Ministry: A function or way of being?: Part 2 – Brian C. Brewer

Baptists in Amsterdam – Henk Bakker

Thomas Helwys’ First Confession of Fath, 1610 – Antony D. Rich

The Intimacies of Letters and Diaries: Nonconformist life as seen from the inside – (Review article) John Briggs


Nigel G. Wright reviews On Being the Church: Revisioning Baptist Identity by Brian Haymes, Ruth Gouldbourne and Anthony R. Cross

Tony Peck reviews European Baptists and the Third Reich by Bernard Green

Keith G. Jones reviews Communities of Conviction: Baptist Beginnings in Europe by Ian M. Randall