About Dan Smith
Dan Smith, a.k.a. “The Replacement Beastie,” is a rapper, storyteller-preacher, and comedy-writer. Smitty was born and raised in the Buckeye State, but he didn’t grow up in a religious home. His family literally never went to church – which gives him a pretty unique perspective on faith.
In 2005 he led the team that started Momentum Christian Church – a multisite “church for people who don’t like church” – in Cleveland, OH. He’s a nationally-known speaker who uses vivid parables, creative videos, live music, and comedy to teach students adults about character, leadership, wise choices, and Jesus. Smitty’s music has been seen on CNN, Yahoo!, VH-1, and many other less-cool shows. His wife, Shannon, and three kids (Zion, Azlan, & Journey) all find him mildly funny. He enjoys weight lifting, running, photobombing, daddy dates with his kids, NFL football (Browns & 49ers), NBA (Cavs), Ohio State football, creepy movies, Halo & Destiny on Xbox, audiobooks (and books you can touch), Star Wars, pad thai, York Peppermint Patties, & theatre popcorn with fake butter.