Karen & Bill Smith

Jan 11, 2023 | Members Corner

Hello St. Paul’s!! Although we are both only children, our immediate family includes 21 members beginning with five children, two girls and three boys, plus one fur baby. We are a joyous, diverse group with a blended heritage and ethnicity which includes English, Scots, Welsh, Swedish, Indigenous and African American.

Karen is a cradle Episcopalian and I although raised a Roman Catholic, converted shortly after graduating college. Our careers in engineering, real estate development, construction and personal property appraisals were divergent and at times included international business dealings.

For the last 20 years in Florida, prior to moving to Wilmington in 2021, we were both heavily involved in the church: Karen as a volunteer church administrator, vestry member and senior warden in our church; member of the executive committee, standing committee and as a lay deputy to General Convention for the Diocese of Southeast Florida; and as a member of several committees for the national church. I served our church as treasurer for 12 years, was senior warden and served on the diocesan finance committee.

Before coming to Wilmington, we researched churches and feel extremely blessed to have been so warmly welcomed into the St. Paul’s family. We are both serving as members of the facilities committee and are choir members. Karen also represented the Diocese of East Carolina as Alternate Lay Deputy to General Convention in Baltimore this year. Having recently retired, we welcome the opportunity to continue sharing our career experiences and knowledge.