Dr. Oran P. Smith

President

Dr. Smith is a graduate of Clemson University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and the University of South Carolina, where he received a Masters (MPA) and Doctorate (Ph.D). His doctoral dissertation, later published by New York University (NYU) Press, was entitled The Rise of Baptist Republicanism. He has written numerous journal articles and book chapters on politics, government, and the role of Christians in politics.

His areas of expertise are research, communications, politics and public affairs. He is a former member of Gov. Carroll Campbell’s economic development staff and the staff of the Business & Industry Political Education Committee (BIPEC). He has served as chair of the SC State Prayer Breakfast and is a Henry J. Salvatori Fellow of The Heritage Foundation.

A native of Greer, Dr. Smith lives in Leesville. He is a member of First Presbyterian Church (ARP), Columbia where he has served as deacon and Sunday School teacher. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC where he chairs the Academic & Student Affairs Committee.

Four Facts About Faith

I have been sharing with some of my close friends today the recent column by Rick Ezell “Four Facts About Faith.” Rick has an amazing way of boiling down biblical truth into short lists with memorable phrases.

Get To Know Governor McMaster

Want to get to know South Carolina’s new governor, Henry McMaster? Don’t rely on his Wikipedia page or on one of those dime-a-dozen profiles. Get all the details only a lifelong friend can provide.

Finally, Election Day Arrives

Under the stern gaze of Uncle Sam, what advice or even thoughts may we legally provide to you to get ready for tomorrow? Here are seven (7) points to ponder in no particular order.

Breaking News: Prayer Wins Again!

In the Town of Greece decision, SCOTUS ruled for prayer. So long as the ones praying are official chaplains or are selected on a rotation, let them pray according to their own consciences.

Flood Victims Still Need Help

As October is now in its final days, that dark place of 21 Days After is where many of our state’s citizens find themselves—left to finish the job and deal with the new normal when everyone else has moved on.

Life Is Different AME

Life A.M.E. (After Mother Emanuel), can be different. If we keep eating and praying together across the racial divide, we can permanently add to our famous Palmetto values.

William Jasper: South Carolina Veteran

Our challenge today is no different than Jasper’s. Our troops are deployed around the world struggling for a free future against those who would take mankind into a new Dark Age.

William Wilberforce: A Biblical View Of Animals

To help us determine the proper course of action as Christians in this fallen world, we must continually look to scripture, but we can also be confident in following the biblically-sound example of William Wilberforce.

Truth At All Costs

Last Saturday, I spoke at the graduation of the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS). Tiffany Deierlein’s valedictory speech was so impressive, I asked her for permission to post it on our blog.

Pray At The Pump

At the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast a couple of weeks ago, those in attendance had the pleasure of hearing from SC Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers.

Prayer For Our Elected Officials

Our Father in Heaven, we thank you for the time we have spent together this day. You have said where two are three are gathered together, you are there.

Christianity Makes The World Better

The days immediately following Christmas are generally a contemplative time. As we leave the tinsel and lights behind and face the New Year, it is a time for both recovery and preparation.

Pre-Kindergarteners Need Family First

The debate we are having as a state on preschool issues is long overdue. To contribute to that conversation, here are several considerations we feel have been missing from the discussion.

Carroll Campbell & Me

I met Mr. Campbell in 1976 when one of the three people in my hometown of Greer who would admit to being Republicans invited me to attend a Campbell campaign barbecue at his farm near Fountain Inn.