Jeffrey’s Bio


Jeffrey Small, Jr. is an award-winning author, speaker, entrepreneur, and theologian. His debut novel, The Breath of God, won the Nautilus Book Award Gold Medal for Best Fiction and was hailed as "a thought-provoking masterpiece" by RT Book Reviews, "visionary fiction" by Library Journal, and "a fast-paced adventure" by Kirkus.  His second novel, The Jericho Deception, won the IPPY Book Awards Gold Medal for Best Suspense/Thriller and was lauded as “a kinetic, engrossing thriller...a must read” by Kirkus Reviews. Both novels were Amazon bestsellers with The Breath of God having the unusual position of simultaneously being the #1 Political Thriller and #1 Religious Studies book, while The Jericho Deception soared to #8 of all Fiction Books. He is also a popular blogger on Huffington Post, and an acclaimed speaker on religious and spirituality topics.

Jeffrey graduated summa cum laude from Yale University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. While at Yale, he served as Publisher and Senior Editor of the Yale Herald. He then graduated magna cum laude with a J.D. from Harvard Law School where he was elected to the Board of Student Advisors and taught speech, legal writing, and research. Jeffrey next earned a Masters in the Study of Religions from Oxford University in England where he was a member of Oriel College.

Jeffrey is an Adjunct Professor at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University where he teaches a course on world religions. Active in the Episcopal Church, he previously served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the General Theological Seminary in New York, and serves on the Episcopal Advisory Board of Candler. He has also studied Yoga in India, practiced Buddhist meditation in Bhutan, explored the ancient temples in Egypt, and journeyed throughout the Holy Land.

When not pursing his passion for theological discourse, Jeffrey is the CEO and cofounder of MDH Partners, an Atlanta-based commercial real estate private equity firm with a portfolio of over 100 office, industrial, and retail buildings across seven states throughout the southeast. His firm has partnered with The Blackstone Group, Wells Fargo, and other financial institutions on millions of square feet of acquisitions and developments. He is also a former member of the board of directors of Indcor, a Blackstone company that was one of the largest owners of industrial properties in the country prior to its sale. Prior to founding his firm in 2005, Jeffrey was the CEO of M.D. Hodges Enterprises, one of the southeast’s largest real estate development companies that was founded by his grandfather. He began his professional career practicing corporate law at the Atlanta law firm King & Spalding.

Jeffrey’s eclectic hobbies include being a former US Champion amateur ballroom dancer with his wife, Alison. He also enjoys hiking, yoga, and travel to exotic locales.

Jeffrey currently serves on the Board of Trustees of The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, where he focuses on education in the 21st century. Previously he served for nine years as a member of the board of trustees at Trinity School in Atlanta where he chaired the Educational Policy Committee and as the former Vice-Chairman of the Board of IMAGE Film and Video, the organizer of the Atlanta Film Festival. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of SolAmerica, a green energy company.

His proudest accomplishments are his marriage and friendship with his wife and their smart, beautiful, and generally awesome daughter.


About Me

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Passion: Writing, Reading, Learning, Teaching

Occupation: Commercial Real Estate Investing and Development

Hobbies: Dance (ballroom, hip hop, and jazz), travel, hiking, sailing, yoga


Goethe – “What you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has a genius, power, and magic in it.”

Gandhi - “I am a Hindu, I am a Moslem, I am a Jew, I am a Christian, I am a Buddhist!

Clifford Geertz - “We all begin with the natural equipment to live a thousand kind of lives but end in the end having lived only one.”


I’m usually reading five books at once. My favorite novel is Ken Follet’s Pillars of the Earth, and I can admit to being a huge Harry Potter fan.  As a teen, I enjoyed LOTR and Dune. In my twenties, it was Clancy and Koontz. Now I read mostly non-fiction books on spiritual topics. My favorite authors (and theological influences) are Paul Tillich, John Macquarrie, John Hick, Alfred North Whitehead, Marcus Borg, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.

Favorite Movies:

The Matrix, Lawrence of Arabia, and a number of juvenile comedies I’m too embarrassed to list here.


I have an eclectic iPod mix of alternative, ‘90s rap, classic rock, and current pop.

Favorite Trips:

Italy, New Zealand, Botswana, Bhutan.

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