AED Board - 2020 Election
Deacon Candidate #6
Geoffrey T. Smith
Diocese: New Hampshire
Present Employment: Chief Operating Officer, The Episcopal Church
Current Ministries: Chaplain to the Presiding Bishop; working with at-risk children in schools.
Current Church Assignment: St. John’s, Essex, CT
Previous Positions: I have served in the Diocese of New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, and Chicago.
Education: MBA, DePaul University, Chicago; BA Economics, Univ. of Connecticut.
Prior Board Experience: None with AED; many, many others!
Skill sets: Community organizing; policy advocacy; communications; experience with 815 Second Ave. Church Center.
How do you envision contributing to the AED Board? What are your special talents and gifts?
I believe I can make an effective contribution to the Board through my experience in having served as a deacon in now six very different diocese, and as an executive officer on the Presiding Bishop’s staff. Among my goals would be to help AED present itself and the diaconate to the House of Bishops and the Church at large in such a way that we further The Church’s awareness and appreciation of our order and work. Many bishops have told us for years, “I wish I had a deacon in every congregation.” Well they do - they just may not know it yet - so what can we do to turn that vision into a reality?
What is your vision for the future of the Association for Episcopal Deacons?
Until the Church’s vision and understanding of the diaconate matures, I believe the primary missions of AED must be to: