Biography of Marguerite Smith
Marguerite Smith is a dynamic, energetic professional who thrives on new challenges and nurtures the best from those who interact with her. Marguerite was born and raised on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Marguerite is one of seven siblings and learned at an early age to be independent, self-reliant and to demand excellence in whatever she undertook. Marguerite received her Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University, and has numerous professional courses and distinctions under her belt.
The drive that has enabled Marguerite to be successful in the business world also is evident in her involvement with the Episcopal Church, and specifically the Diocese of Newark. Raised in the Episcopal Church, Marguerite is a parishioner at St. Peter’s Church in Mountain Lakes. At St. Peter’s Marguerite has served in numerous ministries and leadership positions, such as: Junior Warden of the Vestry, Christian Education, Outreach Ministry, Finance, Worship, Altar Guild, Deputy to the annual Diocesan Convention, and member of the Bishop Search Committee, to name a few. Marguerite was nominated for the Clara Horsley Leadership Award and is currently the President of the Newark chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians. She currently serves on the Diocesan Council in the class of 2022.
Marguerite is married with two children. Her husband, George Dredden, is a Seminarian at Drew University Theological School. In her spare time, Marguerite is an avid reader.