Educators' Conference: Tennessee
Dr. Whit Jones
Dr. Whit Jones is a professor of English at Bryan College, teaching Introduction to Literary Criticism (Theory), Shakespeare, Southern Literature, Lewis and Tolkien: Imaginative Apologists, the English (British) literature survey, and World Literature I, along with freshman and sophomore composition and literature. He has published reviews, articles, and literary dictionary entries and given a number of conference papers as a member of both Christian and secular professional societies. His dissertation on Southern novelist Walker Percy won the William Dougald MacMillan Award for the best English-Department dissertation of the year in 1997 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received his M.A. and Ph.D. He is currently finishing the rewriting of the dissertation as a book to be published by Louisiana State University Press, a major U.S. press for scholarly works on Southern literature. He is also under contract with a Christian home-school textbook publishing company, Apologia, to write high school texts for courses in American, British, and world literature and an introduction to literature course. He has served as an elder in his church and taught Sunday School classes on the Christian imagination, marriage, and parenting. His wife Amy has her Master’s degree in Special Education and home-schools their four children, the oldest of whom will be attending Bryan in the fall. The Joneses live in Dayton, Tennessee.
Warren Cole Smith has over 20 years of experience as a writer, editor, marketing professional, and entrepreneur. Warren is the associate publisher of WORLD Magazine, the nation’s largest Christian news magazine. He has also served as the publisher and editor of the Evangelical Press News Service, a “wire service” for approximately 100 Christian newspapers with a combined print-run of more than 1-million each month. Before launching a career in Christian journalism, Warren spent over seven years as the Marketing Director for a major division of PricewaterhouseCoopers, a “Big Five” accounting firm. Warren honed his story-telling skills by writing outdoor and adventure stories — both fiction and non-fiction — for such magazines as Alaska, High Country, High Adventure, and Sports Afield. His essays, reviews, interviews, and articles have also been included in various books, including Public Relations, one of the most widely used college journalism textbooks in the world. Professional and civic honors include selection to Outstanding Young Men In America and Who’s Who Among American Executives. In 1997 The Business Journal of Charlotte chose him as one of Charlotte’s “40 Under 40,” an annual list of the city’s business and civic leaders under the age of 40. His monthly editorial column won the Evangelical Press Association’s top prize as “Column of the Year” in 2006. A series of articles he did on AIDS in India won the Evangelical Press Association’s top prize for feature reporting in 2004. During his time as publisher and editor of “The Charlotte World,” that paper won more awards from the Evangelical Press Association than any other paper, including twice being named “Newspaper of the Year.” Smith’s column was named “Column Of The Year” by the EPA and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers. Warren has been an active supporter of the Boy Scouts for more than 30 years. He is an Eagle Scout, and he served for seven years on the staff at Philmont Scout Ranch. He served two terms as president of the Philmont Staff Association, and he has contributed to or edited four books about Philmont. His education includes a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in English, both from the University of Georgia. He and his wife Missy have been married for 26 years, and they have four children. His oldest is a graduate of Grove City College. He has a son at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Warren and Missy and their two younger children live in Charlotte, N.C. He speaks often at churches, conferences, and other Christian and political events. These speeches have included presentations at the national conferences of the Gospel Music Association and the Evangelical Press Association, in addition to hundreds of speeches at local and regional events.