The Rev. Dr. Luis León, since 1994, has been the Rector of St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square, in Washington, D.C. – “The Church of the Presidents”.
A native of Cuba, he chairs the Episcopal Church General Convention’s Task Force on the Church of Cuba.
After being baptized into the Episcopal Church in Guantanamo, Cuba, Luis came to the United States in 1961 at the age of 11 as part of the “Peter Pan” flights out of Cuba and was supported by the Episcopal Church of Miami.
He has earned degrees from the University of the South: Sewanee and Virginia Theological Seminary. Luis received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the University of the South.
He has served parishes in NC, NJ, DE, and DC. Luis is a founding member of the Washington Interfaith Network and Wilmington, DE Interfaith Network. His specialty is building inner city parishes through spiritual leadership, preaching, excellence in worship and liturgical music, stewardship and outreach that involves parish members in the community. Luis is a frequent teacher and speaker for schools and events. In 2005 and 2013 he offered the invocation at the inauguration of the President of the United States.
Lu Stanton León, Luis’s wife, has worked more than 30 years as an editor, writer and media relations consultant for a variety of publications and businesses. She is currently with Canticle Communication. In addition, Lu has been involved in strategic planning and communications for outreach initiatives of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and social service agencies in the Washington metropolitan area.
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