The Rt. Rev. George Wayne Smith
The Rt. Rev. George Wayne Smith was elected as Provisional Bishop of the Diocese of Southern Ohio during a special session of the 146th convention (virtual) on July 17, 2021. Smith was placed in nomination for Provisional Bishop by the Standing Committee on June 8, 2021, and the special session of the convention was called on June 10, 2021. He was elected on the first ballot of both the lay and clergy orders. (See results)
Smith was elected Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of Missouri in 2001 and ordained bishop in 2002. Later that year he was seated as the Tenth Bishop of the Diocese, where he served until 2020. He will begin his duties as Provisional Bishop on August 15, 2021.