Bishop Bauerschmidt was consecrated Bishop of Tennessee in January 2007 and is president of the Living Church Foundation. He was raised in Columbia, South Carolina. At the time of his election he was rector of Christ Church, Covington, in the Diocese of Louisiana. Ordained in 1984, he served parishes in the dioceses of Western Massachusetts and North Carolina, as well as on the staff of Pusey House, Oxford. Educated at Kenyon College and the General Theological Seminary, Bishop Bauerschmidt holds a DPhil degree in theology from Oxford University. He is married to Caroline Pearce Bauerschmidt, and they have three children.

Bishop Bauerschmidt has an abiding interest in Church history, in particular Early Church, English Reformation, and the Oxford Movement, with a growing focus on the history of ideas.