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Oct 12, 2010 4:33 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Pastor Leslie is installed at the United Methodist Church

Oct 12, 2010 4:33 PM

A festive spirit colored a special Sunday service last week at 
the Southampton United Methodist Church, where dozens of people filled the pews to celebrate the installation of Pastor Leslie Duroseu.

The air was filled with, music, dancing and a collage of perfumes, as Rev. Duroseu took the stage with a tear-stained face to perform a liturgical dance 
rife with emotion. She thanked God and her family at Southampton United Methodist Church for her new role.

“This has been truly a celebration of what the Lord has 
done and is doing in our lives,” the reverend said.

Rev. Duroseu, a Queens native from Springfield Gardens, is 42. She currently lives in Southampton and has four children.

This is Rev. Duroseu’s first 
pastorship. Prior to being assigned to the Southampton United Methodist Church, she was a minister.

A woman who has worn many hats, she is a former hip-hop dancer and a social worker who served as a patient advocate at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital 
in Far Rockaway, Queens.

At the service, distinguished guests and congregation members spoke highly of Rev. Duroseu, including Adrienne Brewington, district superintendent of the Long Island East District of United Methodist churches.

Guests in attendance had traveled froma as far and wide as Syracuse to witness the service, speakers said.

The new reverend accepted several religious gifts—baptismal water, a hymn book, and a book of worship— from 
members of the Staff Parish Relations Committee as part of 
the ceremony.

After the ceremony, Rev. Duroseu said she was moved by all of the support. She had been in tears for most of the service.

“You can’t really put into words, love,” she said. “Just so much love ... This must be a touch 
of heaven.”

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