Justin Michael Smith

Justin Michael Smith


Th.M., Patristic Theology, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology; M.A., Biblical Exegesis and Theology, Bethlehem College and Seminary; B.A., Biblical, Theological, and Early Christian Studies, Wheaton College

Year of Matriculation




Areas of Interest

Byzantine ecclesiology; East-West Christian relations; Patristic theology and biblical exegesis


Justin Michael Smith is a first-year student in the Medieval Institute and focuses on areas of critical change in East-West Christian relations, especially as these developed in the East. Justin is particularly interested in Byzantine ecclesiology and its development during key historical moments in the middle and late-Byzantine periods, such as the Byzantine responses to papal primacy between the Second Council of Lyon (1274) and the Council of Ferrara-Florence (1438–1439). While formally trained in biblical exegesis and patristic theology, Justin seeks to approach East-West Christian relations holistically by integrating socio-political, theological, and ecclesiological factors and motivations.

Recent Scholarly Activity

  • Presidential Fellowship, University of Notre Dame
  • Excellence Award, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
  • Invited Contributor: "Zacchaeus’ Tree: Luke 19:1-10," Exegetically Speaking: A Podcast on Biblical Languages by Wheaton College & Lanier Theological Library
  • Master's Thesis, "The Consummation of Longing: St. Basil of Caesarea's Theological Gnoseology," Advisor: V. Rev. Archimandrite Maximos Constas