On October 5, 2017, the Committee on Ministry of the Presbytery of the Mid-South approved the Rev. Dr. Stacy C. Smith to serve as the part-time, temporary supply pastor of Buntyn Presbyterian Church. On November 1, 2017, Stacy assumed the role of part-time pastor at Buntyn with responsibilities for worship leadership, pastoral care, and administration.
Stacy was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 2007 and has served congregations in Tennessee, Arkansas, New York, and Indiana, including as a Lake Fellow in Parish Ministry at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. Stacy is especially committed to the innovative ways that congregations serve their communities and live the witness of Christ's peace. With experience in both congregational leadership and social advocacy, Stacy enjoys working with churches and faith communities who are exploring new ways of serving God's creation, especially among the most vulnerable.
Originally from Dallas, Texas, Stacy earned her doctorate at Peabody College at Vanderbilt University, the Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, and her undergraduate degree from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. She has received certifications in religious fundraising from Duke Divinity School, transitional ministry leadership from the Transitional Ministry Education Consortium, and health ministry leadership from the Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing, among others.
In addition to her ministry at Buntyn, Stacy is currently the Director of the Center of Excellence in Faith and Health Equity at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and previously served for seven years at Church Health, including as the editor-in-chief of Church Health Reader, a magazine for lay leaders and clergy, from 2013-2016. Additionally, she has worked in inter-religious advocacy at organizations in Washington, DC, New York City and Austin, TX. Stacy has received multiple awards from the Associated Church Press for her writing in Church Health Reader, and is the co-author of Bless Her Heart: Life as a Young Clergy Woman (Chalice Press, 2011).
Stacy and her husband Kevin Gallagher live in Cooper Young and enjoy the life of midtown Memphis. They especially enjoy time spent with Kevin's children: Clayton (age 25, a medical resident in psychiatry in San Antonio, TX), Molly (age 18, a freshman at Christian Brothers University) and Spencer (age 16, a junior at Middle College). When Stacy is not hanging with the kids or working on their historic Midtown home, she enjoys singing along to the radio, eating Kevin's cooking, and reading The New Yorker.