Our subscribers will be pleased to learn that Dr. C. Ralston Smith, who has ministered for eighteen years in the First Presbyterian Church of Oklahoma City, will join our staff September 1 as field representative. He recently completed a $2 million building program to accommodate the church’s 2,750 members and is immediate past president of the Oklahoma City Council of Churches.

Dr. Smith has been a member of CHRISTIANITY TODAY’S board of directors since its founding. He has also been a trustee of Princeton Theological Seminary and a member of the Commission on Ecumenical Mission and Relations of the United Presbyterian Church in the U. S. A.

In his newly created post, Dr. Smith will do considerable traveling and public speaking in behalf of our magazine. A native of Philadelphia, he is a graduate of Asbury College and Princeton Theological Seminary. He also attended the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University.

Dr. Smith’s wife has been active in the women’s work of the Oklahoma congregation. The Smiths have four children. One daughter is married to a Presbyterian minister in Detroit; the other is a high school student. Their older son is completing his sophomore year in college after serving in the Navy, and the younger son has just finished his plebe year at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis.

Because of work-week priorities in Washington, our staff writers have had to decline scores of invitations to address ministerial and church groups. Dr. Smith’s association will keep us in fuller touch with our growing company of friends throughout the nation as he presents to them the outlook and needs of our magazine.

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