Gary and Jane have long cared deeply about social justice issues and have regularly questioned just how their response to such issues is motivated by and intersects with their Christian faith. One of Gary's first academic journal articles was titled "Make Bread Not Bombs," and he has, throughout his nearly 40 years in the classroom at Grove City College, challenged his students to think about "the least of these" and how they can live out Jesus' admonition to care for them. Jane has been working to raise awareness of human trafficking for over a decade, speaking to groups, writing editorials, and advocating for legislative changes on the national and state level. Together they served on the Board of the Christian Assistance Network in Grove City, working to provide various kinds of assistance to those in need. They have provided temporary foster care, and Jane volunteered as a CASA (court-appointed special advocate) for children in the foster system for several years.
All royalties from Suffer the Children will be donated to ministries highlighted in the book.
Gary Scott Smith
Gary is the chair of the History Department and Coordinator of the Humanities Core at Grove City College in Pennsylvania. He is also ordained as a pastor in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). He has written numerous books including Religion in the Oval Office: The Religious Lives of American Presidents, Heaven in the American Imagination, Faith and the Presidency: From George Washington to George W. Bush, The Search for Social Salvation: Social Christianity and America, 1880-1925, and edited God and Politics: Four Views on the Reformation of Civil Government.
Jane Marie Smith
Jane is relishing retirement after more than 25 years as a college and university librarian. She has served as an ad hoc research consultant and editorial advisor on many of Gary's previous books and enjoyed contributing two chapters to Suffer the Children. She is currently teaching ESL to Congolese refugees and tutors at an inner city school--and loves spending time with her grandchildren.