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Distinguished Alum and Trustee, Rev. Dr. Tracy Smith Malone, Elected to the United Methodist Episcopacy

July 14, 2016
Bishop-Elect Tracy Smith Malone and President Rector

Rev. Dr. Tracy Smith Malone, distinguished alumna and trustee of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, was elected as a United Methodist bishop on July 13 at the North Central Jurisdictional (NCJ) Conference in Peoria, Illinois. Smith Malone was the first to be elected bishop at the NCJ Conference held at the Peoria Civic Center July 13-16.

“To god be the glory. Friends I stand before you as one who feels very blessed. Blessed for the journey, by your prayers and confidence in my leadership. I am a child of the church. You raised me and formed me. I consider it a privilege and an honor to serve the church,” said Smith Malone after being introduced as a bishop of The United Methodist Church.

Named Distinguished Alum in May 2016, Smith Malone holds a master of divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical. She joined the board of trustees in 2012 and serves on the development committee. She is also the chairperson of the board of visitors for the Center for the Church and the Black Experience at Garrett-Evangelical.

Smith Malone currently serves as the district superintendent of the Chicago Southern District and dean of the cabinet of the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church. Prior to being appointed district superintendent, Smith Malone served at First United Methodist Church of Lombard, Illinois; Southlawn United Methodist Church in Chicago, Illinois; Wesley United Methodist Church in Aurora, Illinois; and Gary United Methodist Church in Wheaton, Illinois, several of which were cross-cultural appointments. She was elected by her colleagues to be a delegate at the United Methodist Church’s 2016 General Conference. Malone’s service as a pastor, district superintendent, and member of several boards have earned her a high level of stature and influence in both the church and her communities.

Malone is one of four bishops to be elected at the 2016 NCJ Conference and the first female bishop to be elected from the Northern Illinois Conference. She will be consecrated as a bishop at First United Methodist Church of Peoria, Illinois on Saturday, July 16 at 10:00 a.m. Her four-year term will begin September 1.