Dr. Timothy L. Smith was the first widely recognized historian who was a member of the Church of the Nazarene. He pastored several churches before his teaching career.
He earned his PhD from Harvard University under the tutelage of Arthur M. Schlesinger, Sr. He taught history at Eastern Nazarene College, East Texas State College, and Johns Hopkins University.
He published numerous articles and two major books on history. His dissertation at Harvard was formed into Revivalism and Social Reform. Later he published an account of the first 25 years of the Church of the Nazarene entitled Called Unto Holiness.