Dr. Timothy M. Smith Named Director of Formation
I’m very excited to announce that we have called Tim Smith as our next Director of Formation! Tim has extensive experience as a pastor and teacher in the United Methodist Church, having served multiple congregations in Louisiana and Texas, most recently in Arlington. He is a passionate and dynamic follower of Christ, committed to helping others mature in their faith. He brings an excellent history and skillset to Saint Michael, and I can’t wait to see how he helps us grow. Please join me in giving thanks, and keep Tim and his family in your prayers as Tim begins his work at Saint Michael.
The Rev. Dr. Christopher D. Girata
Dear Saint Michael and All Angels,
I am truly excited to be joining Saint Michael and All Angels in life and ministry. With every conversation and every staff person I met throughout the discernment process, I grew more and more enthusiastic about the opportunity to serve with you.
Though I am born and raised United Methodist, I have a deep connection to the Episcopal Church. As a freshman in high school, I attended the Episcopal Happening, which was a defining experience for me in my spiritual journey. I eventually served in every leadership position in the Happening, including Rector. The Youth Group at my church also worshiped regularly at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Kansas City just one mile from our church, and we enjoyed joint youth events together. Saint Michael and All Angels and the Park Cities are very similar to the church and community in which I grew up. In many respects, I feel like I’m coming home.
In the position of Director of Formation, I saw a unique opportunity to contribute my spiritual gifts of leadership and teaching, my passion for adult Christian formation, my strengths of visioning and strategic planning and my knowledge and experience of church growth and evangelism.
I believe the future is very bright for Saint Michael and All Angels and am excited to be a part of that. It is uniquely gifted and situated to make an even greater impact for the Kingdom of God. Its dedicated staff, committed membership and beautiful church facility will enable Saint Michael to make a transformational impact on many people’s lives in the days ahead. I look forward with great hope and expectation of what God will do in, among and through us together.
I cannot wait to meet you and get to know you as well as serve alongside you in ministry as we grow in our faith and discipleship together!
Grace and peace,
Dr. Tim Smith
More about Tim Smith
Tim grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of a United Methodist Pastor. A graduate of Tulane University and Perkins School of Theology at SMU, he also received his doctorate in Church Growth and Renewal from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, CA.
Tim served in a variety of United Methodist churches throughout the New Orleans area for 28 years. He returned to Dallas in 2018 due to his wife’s work. Tim served for three years on staff at a large church in Arlington with responsibilities including Evangelism, Hospitality, Assimilation, Finance and Generosity, Adult Discipleship as well as Safety and Security. With three decades of experience in ministry, he is also a certified Church Growth consultant and a Navigator for Church Unique, which facilitates revisioning for the local church. Tim’s spiritual gifts include leadership and teaching, and his strengths include visioning, strategic planning and discernment. His passion is adult discipleship and spiritual transformation and empowering the church to reach new people for Jesus Christ.
Tim is a dynamic, inspirational leader and speaker who loves teaching the Bible and equipping people to apply it in their lives. As a lifelong learner, Tim is an avid student of leadership, church growth, and Integrated Contextual Exegesis, which seeks to understand the original context of Scripture and how it shapes our understanding of a passage and its application in our lives.
Tim is married to Giovanna (or Gio), who is the Director of Sales for WFAA-TV, Channel 8. They have two children, Luke and Mattie. Luke is continuing his schooling here in Dallas and Mattie is a Senior at OU. Tim and Giovanna have a cat and a Maltipoo dog as well as two granddogs. When Gio lets Tim out of the house, he is also an avid golfer. Both Gio and Tim love discovering new restaurants and exploring the many cultural events Dallas and the metroplex has to offer. They are both avid Saints and LSU football fans. Who Dat!
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