Bishop Tim Smith

Tim Smith
Bishop of the North Carolina Synod

Bishop Tim Smith began his ministry with the NC Synod-ELCA on August 1, 2015. Bishop Smith is a native of Salisbury, N.C. and previously served as pastor of St Paul’s, Startown (1986-93), and Grace, Boone (1993-2010) in the NC Synod. Just prior to his election he served as senior pastor of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Atlanta.

He is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill (M.A.), Gettysburg Seminary (M.Div.), and Drew University (DMin.). His ministry experiences include supervising 22 full-year interns, serving as Appalachian State University campus pastor, and being a featured preacher for Day 1 radio broadcast (formerly “The Protestant Hour”).

Bishop Smith and his wife, Wendy, have three grown children: Matthew and his wife, Keri; Isaac; and Ruth and her husband, Tommy. They also enjoy spending as much time as possible with their three grandsons and one granddaughter.


Synod Staff

Assistants to the Bishop

The Rev. Sara Ilderton
The Rev. Sara IldertonAssistant to the Bishop
The Rev. Philip Tonnesen
The Rev. Philip TonnesenAssistant to the Bishop
Campus Ministry, Deans, Global Mission
Deacon Tammy Jones West
Deacon Tammy Jones WestAssistant to the Bishop
Leaders Learn & Leadership School, First Call, Discipleship, Youth & Family Min.
The Rev. Danielle DeNise
The Rev. Danielle DeNiseELCA Deployed Staff
Director for Evangelical Mission

Program Staff

Sandra Cline
Sandra ClineProgram Staff
Michael DeNise
Michael DeNiseProgram Staff
Finance & Administration
Catherine Fink
Catherine FinkProgram Staff
Communications & Resources
Deacon GeoRene Jones
Deacon GeoRene JonesProgram Staff
Coordinator Social Justice & Advocacy Ministries
The Rev. CeCee Mills
The Rev. CeCee MillsProgram Staff
Lauren Thurow
Lauren ThurowProgram Staff
Program Assistant for Leadership & Candidacy

Ministry Staff

Rick Godby
Rick GodbyMinistry Staff
Holly Zemke
Holly ZemkeMinistry Staff
Administrative Assistant for Evangelical Mission
Kathy Muth
Kathy MuthMinistry Staff
Bishop’s Administrator
Diane Ryan
Diane RyanMinistry Staff
Office Admin. & Supply Coord.
Elizabeth Smith
Elizabeth SmithMinistry Staff
Heilig Resource Ctr. Assistant

Faith+Finances+Freedom Deployed Staff

The Rev. John Mocko
The Rev. John MockoFFF Deployed Staff
The Rev. David Sloop
The Rev. David SloopFFF Deployed Staff
FFF Resource Director
Caroline Mocko
Caroline MockoFFF Deployed Staff

ELCA Foundation Deployed Staff

Deacon Mitzie Schafer
Deacon Mitzie SchaferELCA Foundation Deployed Staff
Regional Gift Planner
for NC & SC