Christopher Smith was brought up as an evangelical Protestant of the rock-n-rolling, tongues-speaking, hands-raising variety. He investigated Mormonism for a time in high school, prying himself out of bed before sunrise for several months to attend early morning seminary. Though he never joined the Church, he continued engaging Mormons on the Internet throughout his BA program in Biblical Studies at Fresno Pacific University. By the time he graduated, this casual interfaith engagement had developed into a bona fide academic interest. He began attending Mormon history conferences, writing articles on Mormon history topics, and getting caught up in a community of Mormon scholars who he liked and respected and whose fellowship he craved. Around the time he finished an MA program in Christian History at Wheaton College, Chris learned that Claremont Graduate University had started a Mormon Studies program with Richard Bushman as the Howard Hunter chair. Surrendering to the inevitability of fate, he enrolled.
Chris is currently living in Provo, Utah to be near the LDS archives while he works on his dissertation. He also edits part time for Kofford Books.