Grace in Action, a local Christian ministry dedicated to serving the homeless and marginalized people, has hired Davis resident Steve Smith to serve as its executive director. In this role, Smith oversees the program and supervises volunteers under the direction of the ministry’s board of directors.
“We are thrilled to welcome Steve to our team,” said Meg Harper, president of Grace in Action’s board of directors. “His desire to serve God by helping others combined with his extensive leadership experience makes him a great match for our mission.”
In 2007, Smith retired as a Presbyterian pastor after 27 years of service. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Ursinus College, a master’s in divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, a doctor of ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary. He lives in Davis with his wife and sons.
“Grace in Action is another example of local community-based group that quietly goes about the work of creating community for some of the most disadvantaged members in our city,” Davis Mayor Robb Davis said.
“Grounded in a strong faith that teaches that broken lives can be made whole, they go about their work of creating a safe space for conversation, relationship building and access to services. Steve is a non-anxious presence with a wealth of experience in dealing with people of all walks of life. I am thankful he and this organization are part of our community.”
For more than a decade, Grace in Action has worked in partnership with local churches in Davis to serve the homeless or isolated. The team aims to build relationships with guests to encourage physical, emotional and spiritual health.
Smith and volunteers routinely seek out homeless people to offer help and services. In addition, guests are welcomed twice a week for a meal and referrals to supportive services.
Published in the Davis Enterprise on 8/28/16