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Story Last modified at 8:32 p.m. on Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Spotlight: Father Paul B. Smith


Father Paul B. Smith

Name: Paul B. Smith

Home: Eagle River, transplanted from Kodiak

In the Spotlight because: Father Smith is the new full-time priest at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church in Eagle River. While new to Eagle River, he is not new to Alaska. He moved to Eagle River after living in Kodiak for the past 17 years. He moved to Kodiak in 1993 from West Virginia.

What did you do in Kodiak? Father Smith had a varied career in Kodiak. In addition to being the part-time priest at the local Episcopal church, he also worked as a civilian employee in the Kodiak Police Department and later as a substitute teacher in the middle and high schools, mostly in special education. He also volunteered his time as a public safety chaplain for the local police and fire departments as well for the Alaska State Troopers. Father Smith also was active in the local community theater both on the stage as well as a backstage "techie." He also served on the Kodiak City Council for almost two years before resigning and moving to Eagle River. Father Smith was also the chaplain to The Kodiak Storm, the local women's hockey team.

Future plans: After getting settled here in Eagle River, Father Smith is looking forward to being involved in the Eagle River, Chugiak and military communities.

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This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, October 6, 2010.

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