The Rev. Canon Elton O. Smith, Jr.

Former Director of Development

Before his appointment as Canon Vicar at Washington National Cathedral, the Reverend Elton O. Smith, Jr. served as dean of St. Paul‘s Cathedral in Buffalo, NY, of the the first parishes in the country to be designated a cathedral.

Canon Smith served as chairperson of the North American Cathedral Deans Conference and was a member of the Episcopal Church‘s Standing Ecumenical Commission for fifteen years. In addition to representing the national church as a member of ecumenical delegations to Israel, the Vatican, and China, he served as the elected Secretary of the National Council of Churches.

In the Diocese of Western New York, he served as Dean of the seven center–city parishes, on the Diocesan Council, as a deputy to several General Conventions, and in leadership positions for two major diocesan capital funds drives.

From 1956 to 1962 he served in West Missouri as the first full-time Vicar and then Rector of St. Paul‘s, Lee‘s Summit, Missouri. The congregation grew from 21 members to over 200. From 1962 to 1968, he was Rector of St. George‘s in Kansas City, Missouri.

He graduated from the General Theological Seminary with honors in 1956 and received an honorary Doctorate in Divinity in 1981. He was Fellow of the Center for Continuing Education at the Virginia Theological Seminary in 1982.

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