Amos Smith lived his first ten years overseas and finished his growing up years in Virginia. He has lived in Indonesia, Bolivia, Uganda, Yemen, and has traveled the world since. Smith earned a BA in Comparative Religion from The University of California at Santa Cruz in 1993, an MDiv from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley in 1998, and a DMin from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2008. He is a lifelong student of three streams: Progressive Christianity, Contemplative Christianity, and Orthodox Christian Mysticism. Smith began his interest in religion when serving as an acolyte and crucifer at Saint George's Episcopal Church in Arlington, VA. During college days, Smith became a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Friends' silent meetings for worship were Smith's introduction to Centering Prayer and Christian Mysticism. Smith found his way to the United Church of Christ in 1994, which he cherishes for its inclusive message and social justice witness. In 1999, Amos began his career as an ordained United Church of Christ minister in Montana at the base of The Beartooth Mountains. Smith has since served as an ordained minister for fifteen years in Washington, Oregon, and Arizona. Smith is a family man, hiker, amateur musician, seasoned Centering Prayer practitioner, retreat leader, and Contemplative Christian writer. His writing has been published in various newspapers and magazines including The Billings Gazette, The Spokesman Review, Friends Journal: Quaker Thought and Life Today, Chicago Seminary Press, and Wipf & Stock Publishers. Amos and his family live in Tucson, AZ.