Graham Smith served as Dean of St. George’s College, Jerusalem from October 2011 until his retirement in late 2015. He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where his father was the organist at St. John’s Cathedral. His family moved to Yonkers, New York where he was raised. He graduated from Fordham University in 1970, majoring in Russian Studies and Political Philosophy. After receiving a Master of Divinity degree from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he served as an assistant at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Lakewood and as rector of Church of the Good Shepherd in Lyndhurst, Ohio. He then served as rector of St. David’s Glenview, Illinois from 1992, prior to coming to St. George’s.
In 1997 he received his D. Min. from Virginia Theological Seminary with a dissertation on servant leadership. His priorities in parish ministry have included Christian formation, a flourishing music ministry, local outreach, and vital connections to the Anglican church in Madagascar, Kenya, Chile and Jerusalem.
Dean Smith is married to Sherry, who has served as a hospice nurse. They have two children, one daughter-in-law, and three grandchilren.