Tracy Smith Malone

Bishop Tracy Smith Malone


United States

North Central Jurisdiction

Ohio East Episcopal Area


Bishop Tracy S. Malone was elected to the episcopacy in 2016. She is the Resident Bishop of the Ohio East Area, which includes the East Ohio Conference in the North Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church. 

In addition to her episcopal assignment:
2020 - COB Secretary, two-year term 
2022 - COB President-Designate as of April 29, 2022, two-year term 

Bishop Tracy S. Malone was district superintendent of the Chicago Southern Region and was dean of the Northern Illinois Conference Cabinet when she was elected to the Episcopacy in 2016.  Prior to that appointment, Malone served several different churches, the last of which was Gary United Methodist Church in Wheaton, Illinois, where she was senior pastor. 

She currently serves as president of the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women and is a member of the Board of Trustees at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.  As resident bishop, she also serves on the Boards of Trustees at our United Methodist-affiliated colleges, seminaries and organizations in East Ohio.

Malone was elected to represent the Northern Illinois Conference as a delegate at General/Jurisdictional Conferences in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016.  She was chairperson of the delegation in 2012 and served as chairperson of the Agenda and Calendar Committee in 2016.

During her ministry, Malone has taught courses as an adjunct professor at Aurora University and at Northern Baptist Seminary in Lombard, Illinois.  She has also published articles, blogs, and book reviews, and has written chapters for several books. 

Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Malone is the daughter of the late Rev. Willie and the late April Smith. She received her call to ministry at the early age of 13. 

Malone earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Sociology, with a minor in Computer Science, from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. She has a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.

Malone earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. 

She and her husband Derrick Malone are the parents of two daughters.