Kevin John Smith (PhD, Asbury
Theological Seminary) is the founder of Concern Australia and the
founding President of God’s Squad Christian Motorcycle Club of 35
years. He is an author, a business speaker, a teacher and lecturer,
a biker, a defender of the poor and marginalised, a lover of blues
music, a gifted evangelist, an elder of the radical discipleship
movement, and a prominent social commentator.
He is as much at home talking to business
leaders, academics, church leaders, politicians and the media as he
is with school children, university students, the poor and
marginalised, and outlaw motorcycle club members.
John has spoken throughout Australia and around
the world at music and arts festivals such as Greenbelt in the UK,
the European Christian Arts and Music Festival, the Australian
Gospel Music Festival/EasterFest in Toowoomba, and Black Stump Music
Festival in Sydney, has shared the stage with former President Jimmy
Carter and has addressed the United Nations Human Rights Commission.
He is a regular guest speaker at churches around Australia and at
corporate and service club events such as business roundtable
dinners, corporate keynote addresses and Rotary Club Annual
God’s Squad Christian Motorcycle Club which
John founded in Melbourne over 40 years ago is a recognisable
identity within the “outlaw” bike scene where it provides an
important chaplaincy role, responding to personal needs as well as
performing the more traditional functions of marriages, baptisms and
funerals. It now has a presence in Queensland, New South Wales and
Victoria as well as overseas in New Zealand, United Kingdom, United
States, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands, Germany, Ukraine, and
John is Superintendent of St. Martin’s
Community Church in the inner city Melbourne suburb of Collingwood
which seeks to communicate meaningfully and contextualise the
message of the Gospel and a Christian worldview to the holistic
needs of all, especially those who feel alienated or outside the
influence of other churches.
John Smith has also written six books. “On the
Side of the Angels” which sold over 80,000 copies at its first
printing was extensively revised and republished in 2006. Another of
his books, “Advance Australia Where – A lack of meaning in a land of
plenty” was awarded Religious Book of the Year in 1989.
He has been married to Glena (also a passionate
worker with the disadvantaged) for over 40 years. They have three
adult children and 17 grandchildren.