The Rev. Samuel J. Smith, Class of 2009, has been named as rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Stockbridge, MA. He began service there as priest-in-charge in August 2015. Smith previously served at St. Michael’s Church on the Upper West Side of Manhattan as its Assistant Priest; he was the Director of Programs for Episcopal Charities, the outreach arm of the Diocese of New York; he served as Interim Priest at Holy Trinity Church in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan; and he was an assisting priest at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.
A native of Texas, Sam is the son of a United Methodist Pastor. Before beginning his vocation in the Church he worked in professional opera for 17 years, primarily in the areas of administration and communications. He holds degrees from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX (a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance), Indiana University (a master’s degree in Stage Direction for Opera) as well as General. While at General, Sam served as the Chief Sacristan and was the winner of the Bishop of Newark Preaching Prize.
Sam lives in Stockbridge with his husband Don Temples, a former Development Officer at General.