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Member of the Board of Regents

Phone: (931) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  Tennessee , United States
University of the South
735 University Avenue
Sewanee , Tennessee 37383
United States


Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Director
    Refugee Resettlement for the Diocese of Maryland


  • St. John
  • University of the South
  • Masters in Divinity Degree
    Virginia Theological Seminary
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Clergy | St. Johns Church, 8 Oct 2013 [cached]
Luis teaches courses nationwide in parish building and stewardship and is a frequently requested commencement speaker.
Before his time at St. John's, Luis served as Rector of Trinity Church in Wilmington, Delaware, and St. Paul's Church in Paterson, New Jersey. St. Paul's, an urban parish, grew during his tenure from 35 parishioners to several hundred. In 1985 St. Paul's was named "Church of the Year" by the New Jersey Council of Churches, and in 1986 Luis was awarded the Bishop's Outstanding Service Award in recognition of the "extraordinary contributions made to the life, quality, and the spirit of the church in this diocese [Newark]."
From 1977 until 1980, Luis served as Assistant Rector at St. Peter's Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. He then was Director of Refugee Resettlement for the Diocese of Maryland for two years.
Luis began his spiritual journey when he was baptized into the Episcopal Church in Guantánamo, Cuba. In 1961 he came to the United States as part of the "Peter Pan" flights out of Cuba, joining thousands of children whose parents, at that time in history, feared for their future in Cuba. He was 12 years old when he arrived in the U.S., and was supported by the Episcopal Church in Miami.
Luis attended the University of the South, graduating in 1971. He received a Masters in Divinity degree from the Virginia Theological Seminary in 1977 and in 1999 was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the University of the South. He is a member of the Board of Regents at the University of the South and was a founding member of both the Washington Interfaith Network and the Wilmington [Delaware] Interfaith Network. In 2005 and in 2013 he offered the invocation at the inauguration of the President of the United States.
Luis is married to Lu Stanton León. They have two children, Emilia and Sofia. Lu is a professional writer, editor and consultant.
Luis Leon, rector of ..., 23 Jan 2005 [cached]
Luis Leon, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington, and Kirbyjon Caldwell, pastor of Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas, prayed during the ceremony. A prayer service attended by the president and his family, as well as others, was held at St. John's prior to the inauguration.When they are in Washington on Sunday, the president and his wife, Laura, normally attend St. John's, which is near the White House.
Jan. 21, 2012 - Rev. Dr. ..., 7 Oct 2013 [cached]
Jan. 21, 2012 - Rev. Dr. Luis León, pastor of St. John's Church across from the White House will do double duty today: hosting President Obama for a prayer service before the inauguration, and giving the benediction at the inauguration ceremony. He told ABC news that he will be praying for restored unity as a nation.
St. John's Community Services Governance, 21 Feb 2013 [cached]
Lu Stanton León
For one thing, St. John's ..., 1 Nov 2010 [cached]
For one thing, St. John's pastor, Rev. Luis Leon, delivered a sermon that day that dealt with Matthew 20:1-16. Apparently the parable tells of a landowner who needed to have his crop harvested quickly, and at the end of the day he paid those who had only worked for the final hour the same amount that he paid those who had labored in the heat throughout the entire day.
According to Rev. Leon, "The full-day workers believed in the world of merit, not the world of grace. In their eyes, according to the pastor, the owner's graciousness was seen as injustice. Instead of seeing themselves as selfish or self-absorbed, they saw the landowner as unfair, and the tragedy, Rev. Leon told his congregation, is that they estranged themselves from the source of graciousness.
The pastor, it seems, believes that payment should be determined not according to ability or even effort, but simply according to need. Or, in other words, he was making a case for the redistribution of wealth. I'm sure he got a big shout-out from at least one person in the congregation that day.
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