Rev. Smith graduated from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC in 1998. He also has an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Maryland, and a Master’s Degree in English from George Mason University.
Prior to becoming an ordained minister, he worked for the federal government from 1974 to 1995. He also taught English as a lecturer at Northern Virginia Community College and George Mason University.
Rev. Smith has served UUSD since 2002. Prior to that, he served congregations in Pennsylvania and Maryland.
He has been married to his wife, Peggy, since 1971. They have three daughters, Jenny, Holly, and Mai, along with three grandsons, Jacob, Ethan, and Ryan. Rev. Smith and Peggy have been Unitarian Universalists since 1972.
As a minister you always hope for a congregation like UUSD. It is a warm and welcoming community, as a group and as individuals. Our Sunday morning worship contains a high level of vibrancy and energy, offers peaceful introspection, and is enhanced by our music and choir.
We have children’s activities and classes, and adult education courses that support our spiritual growth. As part of our Lifespan Faith Development program we strive for lifelong education and enrichment for all generations. Our Social Justice program and activities demonstrate our commitment to justice, equity, and compassion for all and to sustaining our environment and the Earth. We are a Welcoming Congregation for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered and questioning people and their families. We are also a certified Green Sanctuary.
On a personal and professional level, I am also involved in a Progressive Interfaith Alliance with members of other liberal faith communities and have an ongoing dedication to service to our larger community.
I conduct civil union ceremonies, as well as weddings, child dedication/naming ceremonies (which are celebrations of welcoming young children into the greater community), memorial services, and funerals.
As I said, this is a dream job with a dream church.