Bishop Wayne Smith Retires

April 29, 2020
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Congratulations on your retirement, Bishop Smith!

With much love, respect and honor, we say thank you to Bishop Wayne Smith for serving as the chief pastor and leader of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri for the past 18 years. He officially retires April 30, 2020.

George Wayne Smith was ordained our 10th Bishop on March 2, 2002. He served in congregations in Texas, Michigan and Iowa before his election as bishop.

During the past 18 years in our diocese, Bishop Smith has led the Church's response to the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, overseen a companion relationship with the Diocese of Lui in South Sudan, founded the Deaconess Anne House in Old North St. Louis, and enjoyed many wonderful liturgical moments throughout the diocese, including:

  • 169 Baptisms
  • 2,339 Confirmations
  • 662 Receptions
  • 115 Reaffirmations
  • 63 Ordinations to diaconate or transitional diaconate
  • 47 Ordinations to priesthood

Bishop Smith reflected on his role as bishop and shared advice with our bishop-elect in a virtual fireside chat on Saturday, April 25. You can watch this personal chat between our 10th and (soon to be) 11th bishops here:

Bishop to Bishop-elect: A virtual fireside chat with Bishop Wayne Smith and Bishop-elect Deon Johnson

A celebration Eucharist and party in honor of Bishop Smith was originally planned for March 28, but postponed due to the coronavirus. Once it is safe for us to gather again, we will come together as a diocese to celebrate the ministry of Bishop Wayne Smith.

Blessings to you, Bishop Smith!


Holy God, we give thanks for the ministry of Bishop Wayne Smith and his spouse, Debbie, in our diocese. We offer our gratitude for the love and relationships they have given our church and for the mission we have shared together. 

As they prepare to enter a new season of life, fill them with your grace that each new day may be holy and grace-filled to find joy, peace and fulfillment.

All this we ask in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.



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