Rev. Luis Leon
fourteenth Rector, St. John's Episcopal Church, Washington, DC
The Reverend Dr. Luis Leon, fourteenth Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church
in Washington, D.C., began his
tenure there in 1995.
specialties are building inner city parishes through spiritual leadership, preaching, excellence in worship and liturgical music, stewardship, and outreach that involves parish members in the community.
teaches courses nationwide in parish-building and stewardship, and is a frequently requested commencement speaker.
time at St. John's
, Rev. Leon
served as Rector of Trinity Church
in Wilmington, Delaware, and St. Paul's Church
in Paterson, New Jersey.
Prior to that, he had served as Assistant Rector at St. Peter's Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, after having been Director of Refugee Resettlement for the Diocese of Maryland.
spiritual journey when he
was baptized into the Episcopal Church
in Guantanamo, 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.
was 12 years old when he
arrived in the U.S., and was supported by the Episcopal Church
He attended the University of the South, received a Masters in Divinity degree from the Virginia Theological Seminary, and 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 he offered the invocation at the inauguration of the 55th President of the United States.