Jonathan Smith holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Beulah Heights Bible College, Atlanta (1994) and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language from Georgia State University (2002). In 1999 he was a volunteer for Youth With a Mission in Costa Rica and Spain. In 2002, Jonathan moved to the West Bank to work as an English language instructor at the Arab American University-Jenin. He developed and taught a special English skills course with a content of peace and conflict. Other projects included hosting international students visits to the West Bank, facilitating workshops on Palestinian nonviolent resistance, and participating in interfaith dialogue between the local Muslim and Christian communities.