Diocese of Adelaide elects new Archbishop

Geoffrey Smith elected Archbishop of Adelaide, to be commissioned in first half of 2017

December 4 2016The Anglican Diocese of Adelaide has elected a new Archbishop, Bishop Geoffrey Smith. Bishop Smith is the Assistant Bishop/General Manager and Registrar of the Diocese of Brisbane, Queensland.

His previous appointments include Rector of Taraka, Papua New Guinea, First Vicar of the Parochial District of Sawtell-Bonville, National Director Anglicare Board of Mission – Australia, and Bishop of the Southern Region, Diocese of Brisbane.

Bishop Smith succeeds Archbishop Jeffrey Driver, who retired in August after 11 years as Archbishop of Adelaide. Bishop Smith’s appointment was made yesterday during a special Election Synod (gathering of around 260 clergy and lay representatives from each Anglican Parish in Adelaide).

The Archbishop-elect is likely to be commissioned as Archbishop of Adelaide during the first half of 2017.

The nomination period opened on 26 July and closed on 23 August 2016. Nominations were open to all clergy in the Anglican Church, both within Australia and abroad.  All nominees were already bishops within the Anglican Church in Australia.