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Barbara McBride-Smith, MEd

  • Adjunct Instructor of Practical Theology
phone(918) 610-8303
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Barbara McBride-Smith grew up in Texas, was educated in Massachusetts, discovered the ways of the world on the Jersey shore, and finally settled down in Oklahoma. She has been a school librarian for 44 years and a seminary professor for more than 20 years. As a performing storyteller, she has entertained audiences across the U.S. and is frequently featured at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee. She is a member of the National Storytelling Circle of Excellence and a recipient of the John Henry Faulk Award for Outstanding Contributions to Storytelling.

Though her ‘day-job’ is that of teacher/librarian in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Barbara McBride-Smith is a professional storyteller and has traveled the circuit since 1987. She has appeared at most of the major festivals and conferences around the country, including 10 times at the prestigious National Storytelling Festival in Tennessee. She has also been featured on National Public Radio and at the International Storytelling Festival in Washington D.C. In addition to her tale-spinning, McBride-Smith has written several books, including Greek Myths Western Style and Tell It Together, and served as co-author & editor of New Testament Women.


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