The first woman to lead an Episcopal congregation in Utah will be ordained at the St. Francis Church in Moab March 17, said church spokeswoman Mary Beth McDavid.

Rev. Barbara Joan Smith was selected by members of the Moab parish to serve as vicar in charge of the misson church, said McDavid. She will be ordained as priest by the Right Rev. George E. Bates, Episcopal Bishop of Utah.She has been involved in teaching and church activities in Vancouver, British Columbia.