Colin Smith is Senior Pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church and teacher of the daily radio program, Unlocking the Bible. With an audience of nearly 100,000, the program is now heard on more than 100 radio stations, via podcast and smartphone apps, and on the internet. The ministry challenges listeners to believe that their lives can be transformed by personal study of God’s Word through ‘the Power of the Open Book.’
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Colin was raised in a Christian family and felt the call of God to pastoral ministry from an early age. He trained at London School of Theology where he received a B.A. in Theology and later a Master of Philosophy.
Colin was Pastor of the Enfield Evangelical Free Church in North London for sixteen years and during that time served in various capacities in the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches, including a time as their President.
In 1996, Colin transitioned to serve at The Orchard. A vibrant, multi-campus church in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, The Orchard is committed to seeing the Gospel run and expand rapidly through the lives of believers as they follow Christ. The mission of the church calls Christians to put down deep roots in the Word of God, live life through the Spirit of God, and bring forth fruit in service for God.
With an eye to the future, The Orchard has developed an internship program designed to provide young pastors with hands-on training in Bible preaching and leadership. The multi-campus ministry of the church affords developing pastors opportunities for pulpit ministry and personal mentoring in preparation for their future years.
Seeking to reinvigorate churches in America, The Orchard has also launched a network of like-minded ministries and pastors dedicated to making the Gospel central in their preaching. The Orchard Network provides seminars, training, consulting, and mentoring designed to broaden the impact of churches in reaching people for Christ.
A much appreciated conference speaker, Colin has had the opportunity to minister at a range of Bible preaching conferences and seminars, including The Gospel Coalition, Moody Founder’s Week, and Word of Life Camps.
Colin met his wife Karen while studying at London Bible College. The Smiths now live in the Chicago area and have two grown children and two grandchildren. Connect with Colin on Twitter @PastorColinS.