Prior to his arrival at SMU, he served as Canon Educator and Director of Programs in Spirituality and Religious Education at Washington National Cathedral; as special assistant to the President and Provost of La Salle University in Philadelphia; as a Fellow of the American Council on Education; and as Dean of St. Georgeís College, Jerusalem. In addition he as served as a lecturer in New Testament studies at Oxford University, and as a Tutor in New Testament studies at Keble College, Oxford. He has been a guest lecturer at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland and the Southwestern Medical Center at the University of Texas, Dallas.
He is the author of numerous published articles and reviews, including entries in Doubledayís Anchor Bible Dictionary. He is author of A Still Small Voice: Women, Ordination and the Church (Syracuse University Press, 1998); The Changing Face of God (Morehouse-Continuum, 2000); When Suffering Persists (Morehouse-Continuum, 2001), in Italian translation: Sofferenza, All ricerca di una riposta (Torino: Claudiana, 2004); What God Wants for Your Life: Finding Answers to the Deepest Questions (HarperSanFrancisco, 2005); and Conversations with Scripture: Revelation (Morehouse-Continuum, 2005). He is also the series editor for the new Conversations with Scripture Series, a cooperative effort of the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars and Morehouse-Continuum.
Dr. Schmidt holds a bachelorís degree from Asbury College, the Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and the Doctor of Philosophy from Oxford University.