The Rt. Rev. George Wayne Smith is the tenth bishop of Missouri. He was elected on the third ballot from a slate of four candidates on Nov. 3, 2001, and was consecrated on March 6, 2002. He served as bishop coadjutor to the Rt. Rev. Hays Rockwell and succeeded him on June 6, 2002.
Before his election, Bishop Smith was rector of St. Andrew’s in Des Moines, Iowa, and had previously served congregations in Michigan and Texas. He was ordained a deacon in 1981 and a priest in 1982 for the Diocese of Northwest Texas following graduation from seminary at Nashotah House in 1981.
A native of Abilene, Texas, he was born Jan. 29, 1955. Raised a Baptist, he was a student at Baylor University when he became an Episcopalian. He graduated from Baylor with a master’s of arts in 1978. He earned his doctorate in ministry from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., in 1993.
The Bishop sat in the House of Bishops at General Convention in 2003 and was appointed to the Standing Committee for Liturgy and Music in preparation for the 2006 convention. He was appointed to the Court for the Trial of a Bishop in 2006.
Bishop Smith has been married to Debra (nee Morris) since 1977. They have grown three children and reside in Creve Coeur. In his spare time, the Bishop enjoys baking bread, running, shape note singing, and collecting and restoring antique fountain pens.