J. Alfred Smith Sr. is pastor emeritus of Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, California, and professor emeritus at American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley, California. A past president of both the American Baptist Churches of the West and the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Dr. Smith earned his D. Min. from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and an M. Th. degree from the American Baptist Seminary of the West. He is the author of more than fifteen books including On the Jericho Road, and the editor of No Other Help I Know: Sermons on Prayer and Spirituality and Outstanding Black Sermons (Vol. 1), both from Judson Press. At present the J. Alfred Smith Institute is being developed to further his legacy in encouraging the work of prophetic justice.