The Diocese of Missouri Opens Application Process for 11th Bishop, Publishes Diocesan Profile

May 03, 2019
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Date:   May 3, 2019, for immediate release


Ms. Deborah Nelson Linck
Chairperson, Search/Nominating Committee
Episcopal Diocese of Missouri



The Search/Nominating Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri has opened the application process to become the next Bishop of Missouri.

“We are seeking a pastor who will partner with us. An empathetic shepherd who will listen to our ideas, celebrate our ministries, and encourage us to find new and different approaches—bringing innovative missional thinking to our common life together.”

The 16 lay and ordained members of the Search/Nominating Committee began their work soon after Bishop Wayne Smith announced his retirement effective in April, 2020. Their first endeavor was to listen to the voices of the 10,000+ congregants from the 42 churches of the Episcopal Church in eastern Missouri.

Beginning with an on-line survey, the committee then led listening sessions in every congregation in the diocese where they heard the voices of more than 600 parishioners.

From these stories they have woven a snapshot of this diocese and its people in a diocesan profile: how history has shaped them, the challenges and opportunities they face as faithful followers of Jesus, and their hopes for their next bishop.

A new website at shares the profile, information about and forms for application, as well as photographs submitted from across the diocese, of Missouri Episcopalians in worship, in ministry, in their churches and in their communities.

“It all comes back to God. We want an evangelist. Someone to witness to God’s never ending presence in a world which is increasingly polarized and broken. We want someone to work with us to develop our gifts and to encourage us to do the work God has given us to do in the world.”

The people of the Diocese of Missouri ask, Might God be calling you to this mighty work?




The Episcopal Diocese of Missouri includes 10,200 members and 125 ordained persons, organized in 42 congregations, campus ministries, and Deaconess Anne House (an intentional community which is part of the Episcopal Service Corps) in the eastern 54 counties of the State of Missouri. We are one of the 109 dioceses of The Episcopal Church.

The Mission of the Diocese of Missouri is the mission of all baptized Christians: to teach and to spread the Gospel and its knowledge of salvation to all people; and to make the love of Christ known in the world through our own actions as individuals, as congregations, and as the Diocese, by feeding the hungry, welcoming the stranger, clothing the naked, housing the homeless, caring for the sick, visiting the prisoner, and comforting those in times of trouble.


Search Process Timeline:

  • May 3, the application process opens online
  • All applications must be submitted and postmarked on or before June 7, 2019
  • Late June- Interview process begins with prospective candidates 
  • July-August- Interviews conducted online / conduct background checks 
  • September- Retreat with prospective candidates, Slate of candidates decided, Slate presented to Standing Committee  

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