Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith 150 150 Diocese of Southern Ohio Annual Convention
The Rev. Bruce Smith

St. James, Columbus

Nominee for Diocesan Council

I serve as a Supply Priest in the Central Ohio area and over the last few have served as Extended Supply Priest for 3 congregations in the Columbus area.
I coordinate the weekly Bible Buds meeting for Columbus area Episcopal Clergy, serve as a Mentor to new Clergy, and as one of the two convenors of the Chaplains to Retired Clergy and spouses. I am in my 3rd and last term on the Board of Bexley-Seabury Seminary Federation (Chicago). I have also served as ½ of the Supreme Coordinating Committee of Episcopal Night at the Symphony for Episcopal churches in the Columbus metropolitan area. Outside of the church, I have been a member of the Columbus Metropolitan Club since 2013 (columbusmetroclub.org) and the Torch Club of Columbus since 2002 (columbustorch.org)

Over the last 25 years, I have served on Diocesan Council, the Budget Committee, the Stewardship Commission, the Faith in Life Committee and the Human Sexuality Study Commission established by Diocesan Convention.

I live in the Clintonville section of Columbus with my wife Susan (a retired Presbyterian Pastor) and our dog Buddy (a Beagle mix). Buddy is not a church goer, preferring to vegetate on Sunday mornings in one of “his” chairs.

I have always believed strongly in serving our diocese as well as local congregations. I have not yet served on the Standing Committee and struggled a bit about whether or not to seek election for a term on this council of advice. I have been in this diocese for 25 years as a lay person and as a priest and I have seen our diocese evolve over the years. I believe my experience in this diocese and my experience in the corporate world can be helpful to the Standing Committee and to Bishop Smith as we continue to deal with the pandemic and at some point, begin the process to seek a new Bishop Diocesan.

 

For me, serving where and when I am able is a matter of stewardship, and at this point in my life, I feel serving on Diocesan Council (as a retired priest) is one way God is calling me to live into that call to stewardship.