George Wayne Smith was elected Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of Missouri on November 10, 2001. He was ordained on March 2, 2002, at St. Francis Xavier Church, St. Louis, Missouri, and his investiture and seating as Tenth Bishop of Missouri was held on June 6, 2002, at Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis, Missouri.
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.
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 University with two degrees, BA (1975) and MA (1978). He received the MDiv (1981) from Nashotah House and the DMin (1993) from the University of the South.
The Bishop first 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. He served on the Presiding Bishop's Council of Advice 2009-2015, is a member of the House of Bishops Theology Committee, and served as cognate chair of the Legislative Committee on Prayer Book, Liturgy and Church Music at the last three General Conventions.
He is the author of Admirable Simplicity: Principles for Worship Planning in the Anglican Tradition (1996) and various essays and articles. He is a member at large of the Corporation of the Anglican Theological Review and additionally serves on several community boards in St. Louis.
Bishop Smith is married to Debra Morris Smith. They are the parents of three grown children. In his spare time, the Bishop enjoys baking bread, shape note singing, reading, and collecting and restoring antique fountain pens.