The Rt. Rev. Michael G. Smith

Assisting Bishop

Bishop Smith previously served as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota for fifteen years. Since then, he has served as part-time Assistant Bishop of Dallas where he teaches “Ascetical Theology and Spiritual Practices” through the Stanton Center for Ministry Formation and part-time Assisting Bishop of the Navajoland Area Mission where he organizes the Navajoland Iona Collaborative working in the formation of Indigenous leaders from the Four Corners Region and the Diocese of Alaska.

Smith holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and music from Oklahoma State University and Marymount College of Kansas, as well as graduate degrees in social work and divinity from the University of Oklahoma and Seabury-Western Theological Seminary. His Doctor of Ministry degree in preaching is from Aquinas Institute of Theology.

Bishop Smith is the Chair of the Communion Partner Steering Committee, a fellowship of ordained and lay Anglicans from the U.S., Canada, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Colombia, and Indigenous First Nations who are committed to engaging the ministry of reconciliation by helping to keep theological conservatives in their respective provinces and theological liberals in the discernment processes of the Anglican Communion. He was an invited guest and participant in the most recent Global South conferences held in Egypt and Thailand.

An enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma and a Benedictine oblate of St. John’s Abbey, he lives in Minnesota when he is not on the road. His wife, the Rev. Lisa White Smith, is the rector of a parish there and they are the parents of three grown children and grandparents of nine.

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