Smith to Lead Worship, Test New Raley Chapel Sound

Christian worship leader Jami Smith is returning to Bison Hill in celebration of OBU's Centennial Fall Challenge and to test the new sound quality in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The public is invited to join Smith in worship Wednesday, Aug. 25, for the first student chapel of the fall 2010 semester. Dr. Calvin Miller will be the guest speaker at both 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. services.

The two services on Wednesday will be the first major events in Potter Auditorium since a new state-of-the-art audio system was installed in the 1,800-seat facility over the summer months. University officials said the new system will offer greatly enhanced acoustic quality in the university's main auditorium, which first opened in 1961.

Smith earned a bachelor's degree in music education from OBU in 1993. Today, she is one of the premier worship leaders in the country. For more than 15 years, she has traveled the world using music as a tool to help Christian believers connect with God in worship. Smith's latest project, "VERSE," is an all-scripture album featuring 12 songs written word-for-word from the Bible.

A native of Chickasha, Okla., Smith has maintained her small-town roots as she pursued her dream in music. She said she has known since she was a college student at OBU that she was called to be a worship leader. She felt the divine tug of a powerful God, and her obedience to that calling has helped revolutionize worship in churches across America. Smith performs at church services, schools, women's retreats, conferences and special events. She has also enjoyed success as a recording artist, and radio stations around the world play her songs.

Smith's other passions include honoring teachers for the sacrifical work they do in the classroom. For several years, she has organized a benefit concert for educators in the Oklahoma City metro area. She rallied business, religious and political leaders to give back to teachers, and she wrote the song, "You Dreamed For Me," as a thank-you to teachers.

Smith's music is available for download on iTunes. To learn more about Smith's ministry, for booking information, or to watch videos or purchase CDs, click here.