- Currently serving: Pennsylvania
- Serving since: 1983
- Married: 1981
- Children: Eli, Caleb, and Jason
Partnering with BIC U.S. World Missions, Dr. Jay and Judy Smith have served as full-time missionaries to the Muslim world for more than 35 years, emphasizing Brethren in Christ distinctives in their engagement with Islam. Together, they have worked to evangelize among Muslims in England, France, and Senegal. Currently, Jay leads the Pfander Centre for Apologetics — an organization engaging Islam through research, writing and formal debates — ministering among the more radical Muslims of London and lecturing around the world.
Jay and Judy both grew up as missionary kids, attending boarding schools in India and Africa. They met at Messiah College, while pursuing their undergraduate degrees. After their marriage, they embraced the call to seek God’s direction for where they could best be used as a team and concluded that God was calling them to serve among the more radical Muslim people.
Jay earned his bachelor’s degree from Messiah College, his master of divinity from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Seminary), and his master of theology in missiology, with an emphasis in Islam, from Fuller Theological Seminary. He recently completed his doctoral dissertation at the Melbourne School of Theology on the life and work of Carl Pfander, Ph.D., a German missionary and apologist/polemicist who worked with Muslims in Central Asia and India and pioneered the use of apologetics and polemics with Muslims. Judy has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Thomas Jefferson University and a diploma in psychodynamic counseling.
Since 1995 Jay has participated in more than 80 formal debates with distinguished Muslim scholars, statesmen, and apologists. Jay currently teaches apologetics and polemics for those exploring ministry in the Muslim world. He works primarily with i2 Ministries and other organizations focused on Islam, both academic and professional. His research is available online and is being made into videos for worldwide distribution. Learn more about the Pfander Centre for Apologetics. Watch videos from PfanderFilms.