"I am honored to be asked to serve in this leading parish," he said, "ministering to the people and community of Southport and its neighbors."
Smith served 16 years as rector of Princeton's Trinity Church, the largest Episcopal church in New Jersey with extensive outreach and music programs. Since his retirement he has held three interim positions as rector at Christ Church in Short Hills, N.J., at Calvary Church in Stonington, and he served as associate rector at St. Luke's in Darien.
During his career, he served as archdeacon of the Diocese of Newark, the assistant to Bishop John S. Spong. Prior to that he was rector of Christ Church in Glen Ridge, N. J., following posts in Washington, D.C., and Massachusetts. He is a graduate of the Virginia Seminary and has also been awarded a doctor of divinity degree by Virginia in recognition of his strong work in parish ministry.
Leslie and his wife, Lois, have five children and 17 grandchildren, including family in Fairfield.
For more information about Trinity Episcopal Church, visit www.trinitysouthport.org or call 203-255-0454.