Laverne Young Smith

Laverne Young Smith

Department of History
Doctoral researcher

Contact details

PhD title: Regular Baptists in Colonial Anglican Virginia: Civil Obedience During Religious Toleration
Supervisor: Dr Elaine Fulton, Dr Nathan Cardon and Dr Tom Cutterham
PhD Modern History


  • BA, Mercer University
  • MA, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Additional graduate study in history, Liberty University.


My educational background focused on education, religious and social history. I am a doctoral program administrator for Liberty University’s online programme and an online adjunct instructor. 


Biblical Theology, Church History


My thesis is an examination of the social and legal dynamics experience by both Anglican and Regular Baptists in late colonial and early republic Virginia. I have successfully defended my PhD Thesis and will soon be submitting the thesis with major changes back to the examiners for validation.

Other activities


  • “The Colonial Virginia Pamphlet Dialogue between the Rev. James Maury and Elder David Thomas,” paper presented at the annual meeting of the Baptist History and Heritage Society, Raleigh, NC, 21 May 2019.
  • “Religious Liberty and Civil Rights: Common Threads and Questions,” paper presented at the Winter Meeting of the American Society of Church History, Washington, DC, January 2018.
  • “Regular Baptist Contributions to Religious Liberty in Colonial Virginia, 1750-1775,” paper presented at the Winter Meeting of the American Society of Church History, Denver, CO, January 2017.
  • “Religious Toleration and Jim Crow: Baptist Challenges to Limits on Religious and Civil Liberty,” paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Baptist History and Heritage Society, Nashville, TN, April 2015.
  • “James Blair: Making Order out of Colonial Chaos,” paper presented at the Eastern Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, March 2013. membership of organisations,