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Gwen Smith is a speaker, author, songwriter and worship leader who inspires women toward the heart of God through stories, songs, and Scripture. She has a defined ministry goal: to encourage you to think BIG thoughts about God and to point you toward His grace and truth. Her fun, enthusiastic, and relatable communication style puts audiences at ease and bridges generational, denominational, and racial divides. As a co-founder of the conference and devotional ministry Girlfriends In God, Gwen has helped thousands of women experience how the Word of God and the power of grace, through Jesus Christ, rejuvenates faith and enriches lives.
Gwen has shared her stories and songs on many television programs, including: LIFE Today, The 700 Club, The Good Life, The Harvest Show, Homekeepers, Atlanta Live, and many radio programs as well. She is the author of a book titled Broken Into Beautiful – which shares the same title as a heart-stirring song that she co-wrote and recorded. Additionally, she co-authored the new Girlfriends in God devotional books, Trusting God and Knowing God by Name, with her GiG ministry partners Sharon Jaynes and Mary Southerland.
Today, Gwen and the ministry team at Girlfriends In God encourage more than 800,000 women daily through their online devotions. In addition, she is a recording artist with Audio 31 Music. From 2008 to 2011, Gwen was a label artist for Great Worship Songs and a staff songwriter for both Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing and Sunday Best Music Publishing. Her newest EP, My Strength, My Song, was released in late 2013.
Aside from all this formal bio information, those who know her best would tell you that Gwen is just a car-pooling, coffee-drinking, chocolate-craving, Jesus-loving wife and mother who struggles like the rest of us with dirty dishes, everyday life, messy piles, mountains of laundry, complicated relationships and cellulite.
Though she travels regularly, Gwen’s top ministry priority is, and always will be, her family. She and her husband Brad have been married since 1993 and have been blessed with three cool kids – now all teens – named Preston, Hunter and Kennedy, who keep them on their toes and on their knees.
In her spare time, Gwen loves to cheer loudly at ballgames, play guitar, relax at the piano, and chat with her girlfriends. Her other interests include bargain shopping, hanging out at local coffee shops enjoying the dark roast, writing new songs, and studying her Bible. Gwen and her family reside in North Carolina, and attend LIFE Fellowship Church (www.lifecharlotte.com.) Connect with her on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/GwenSmithMusic, Twitter at @GwenSmithMusic, Instagram @GwenSmithMusic, and Pinterest @GwenSmithMusic.