The Rt. Rev. Michael G. Smith, DMin, MSW, was elected the eleventh bishop of North Dakota in 2004. An enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma, he served churches in Oklahoma and Minnesota before coming to North Dakota. He is Chair of the Communion Partners Bishops’ Advisory Committee, Chair of the Bishops’ Native Collaborative, member of the Indigenous Advisory Committee of the Episcopal Church, Disciplinary Board for Bishops, and Benedictine Oblate of St. John’s Abbey in Minnesota.
Smith and his wife, the Rev. Lisa White Smith, are the parents of three grown children and the grandparents of eight. He holds degrees in psychology, music, social work, theology, and preaching from Oklahoma State University, Marymount College of Kansas, the University of Oklahoma, Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, and the Aquinas Institute of Theology.
Bishop Michael places a high priority on the baptismal ministries of all the people of God, evangelism, youth ministry, the diaconate, Benedictine spirituality, spiritual vitality, preaching and theological education. His desire is that each of the congregations of the Diocese of North Dakota becomes a “community of disciples who make other disciples.” As a Communion Partner bishop, he works for reconciliation within the Episcopal Church and throughout the Anglican Communion.