Smithwick, President of Nehemiah Institute, holds a B.S. degree in mathematics/ education from North Dakota State University. For approximately 30 years, Dan worked in middle and upper management positions of several companies, including an AT&T Bell Company for 19 years.
In 1986 Dan and his wife Faye founded the Nehemiah Institute to function as a Christian education ministry. The Institute is a research foundation providing unique worldview testing and training materials to Christian educators. The testing program, known as PEERS Testing, has been used by over 1,000 high schools and colleges in all states and by various education groups in other countries.
Dan authored the PEERS Test and has written a worldview study course entitled Developing a Biblical Worldview. Dan also contributed a chapter (on worldview understanding) in The Media Wise Family by Dr. Ted Baehr, president of the Christian Film & TV Commission.
Dan has been a teacher in several settings including the military, corporations, and public and private schools. He has been a board member of four Christian schools.
Dan has been guest speaker on several Christian radio shows, including American Family Radio with Tim Wildmon, Issues & Education with Bob & Geri Boyd, Reasons for Faith, Paul Anderson, Point of View with Marlin Maddoux and That's the Law with Dr. Herb Titus. Dan has also been a workshop speaker at several Christian school conferences. In November 2001 Dan presented the work of Nehemiah Institute at the TRACS conference held at Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA and also at a Public Policy council meeting at Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO.
Nehemiah Institute has a 15-member advisory board consisting of the following individuals:
Dr. Carole Adams, Foundation for American Christian Education Dr. David Ayers, Grove City College Dr. Ted Baehr, Christian Film & TV Dr. Steve Deckard, Institute for Creation Research Cathy Duffy, Author/lecturer Dr. Ollie Gibbs, Headmaster, Lexington Christian Academy Dr. George Grant, King's Meadow Study Center Dr. Jay Grimstead, Coalition on Revival Dr. Paul Jehle, New Testament Church/School Rev. E. Ray Moore, Jr., Exodus Mandate Dr. Brian Ray, National Home Educators Research Institute Rev. Andrew Sandlin, Center for Culture Leadership Rev. Steve Schlissel, Messiah's Covenant Community Church Dr. Herb Titus, attorney Dr. Charles Wolfe, Plymouth Rock Foundation
Dan and his wife Faye of 43 years, also on staff of Worldview Alliance, have five children, 11 grandchildren and currently reside in Orlando, FL.