Rev. Nell Smith ~ Senior Minister

Rev Nell Smith, Board Chair & Ass't Pastor

Rev Nell Smith ~ Senior Minister

Rev. Nell moved to California from Vermont in the Spring of 1985, found the Chapel shortly thereafter, and enrolled in the Beginning Lecture Series that Fall. She joined Chapel’s Teaching Staff in January 1988 and was ordained in June of 1993. In her work as a Minister and teacher, she invites people to approach themselves and their spiritual pathway with humor, sensitivity, and compassion.

Nell grew up in the Detroit area, served in the US Navy and returned to college to receive her M.A. from Michigan State University. Additionally, Nell has been a crisis intervention counselor/trainer and has received additional training as a counselor. Most of Nell’s life is filled with her work as an Administrative Assistant at a large San Diego company and the many hats she wears as a Minister at Chapel. When there is time, Nell is a devoted whale-watcher, has dabbled a bit in theater and comedy, is an enthusiastic country and western dancer, and is currently working on her autobiography along with other writing projects.