Pastors Desk


Bishop Michael Nesmith, DD is the Ordinary of the Old Catholic Diocese of the Holy Spirit which is a diocese in the Old Catholic Communion of North America.

Bishop Michael was raised Roman Catholic and later as an adult joined the Episcopal Church where he served in multiple lay ministries. He began to explore a call to Holy Orders and was led to western orthodoxy where after extensive study and prayer he embraced Old Catholicism. He was ordained to the Transitional Diaconate in May of 1999 and then to the Priesthood in September of 1999. In that same year he and his wife Kathy worked to establish All Saints Parish in Clarksville, TN.

Fr. Michael was consecrated a bishop on the 7th of June, 2003 at the Cathedral of Jesus of Nazareth in Orlando, Fl,  by Bishop Paul H. Combs, DD, Bishop Joseph D. Dolence, and Bishop Orlando Hyppolitus Lima, OSM.

Having worked in management positions Bishop Michael gained the knowledge to establish Old Catholic missions and parishes in Arkansas, North Carolina, and Tennessee. He was elected to serve as the Archbishop of the OCCNA in 2016.

Bishop Michael and his wife Kathy have been happily married since 1972 and are parents of three grown children.