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Rector. Reverend Charles C. McCoart, Jr. (or "Chuck" as he prefers) has been rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church (EEC) since June of 2013. He came to Emmanuel after serving for eight years as pastor of Good Shepherd Catholic Church in the Mount Vernon area of Fairfax County, Virginia. Yes, you read that correctly! Chuck was a Roman Catholic for the first 50 years of his life and only recently transitioned into the Episcopal faith, which Chuck says is just a “far better fit” for him personally. Among several other topics — the ordination of women, married clergy, and how divorced and gay individuals are treated in the church was what compelled Chuck to make this transition. Ask him anything you’d like to know about the transition — he says it was one of the most life-affirming decisions of his life ... and his 85-year-old mother said she wishes he had made this transition twenty years ago!

Chuck has been ordained a priest for 28 years and considers himself an encourager of people and a cheer-leader for God. He has a collaborative style of ministry and likes nothing better than to hear how God is at work in another person’s life.

Chuck is a native Northern Virginian who when not at work, spends his time with his large Irish family and life-long friends. Follow Chuck on his blog to find out what he is thinking on a range of topics such as: faith, family and life. Wherever you see Chuck, you’re also most likely to see Max, Chuck’s eighteen-month-old, 75ish pound, gentle German Shepherd who takes Chuck on 25+ miles of walks each week. Join them for a walk - and talk - some day. It’s good for the soul.


Associate for Worship and Spiritual Formation. The Reverend Joani Peacock is very happy to be serving at Emmanuel. She and Chuck share a common heritage. Joani is a native Washingtonian who grew up in a big chaotic Catholic family. She went to Catholic school all the way through college. But the good sisters told her to stop asking nagging questions! Long story short, she found her home in the Episcopal Church. Joani's home parish was Immanuel on the Hill and she graduated from VTS in 1994. Joani has served five parishes in the Diocese of Virginia both as associate and rector. She also was on staff at Bishop Payne Library at Virginia Seminary for seven years and is now a regular volunteer at the Library of Congress. At VTS she has also served as a colloquy mentor and a mental health evangelist. Joani's blog Unorthodox & Unhinged on mental health and spirituality was the inspiration for the Story District production of Mind Over Matter: True Stories about Living with Mental Illness. Joani is passionate about Christian education and works closely with the Adult Spiritual Formation Ministry Team. Joani's primary ministry at Emmanuel is as "parish liturgist"  planning Sunday worship and special services in concert with the Rector and Music Director. She also loves to sing (even though Sister Inez Patricia kicked her out of the Glee Club). Once in a blue moon, you might just see her singing with the sopranos.

Joani has four rocking adult children: one in VT, one in NYC, one in DC, and one in NC.

PS. Behind Joani is a discarded window from Emmanuel's renovation over twenty years ago. On her way to VTS on election day 1992, she found it in the church's trash! It has been on her mantel ever since.


Seminarian. Pete Nunnally was born and raised nearby in Sterling, Virginia. He taught middle school Phys Ed for 5 years before moving to New Orleans to do Katrina recovery work with the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana. Pete spent six years there coordinating volunteers to rebuild houses and running an Episcopal Service Corps program, before moving back to Virginia. After a brief but wonderful stint on a berry farm in the Shenandoah Valley, he moved to Richmond as the Director of Adult Spiritual Formation and Youth Ministry at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church before coming to VTS. He is passionate about Jesus, reconciliation, right relationships, and creative Spirit-seeking, and believes that reverence and joy should not be strangers. Pete is thrilled to join Emmanuel Episcopal Church as seminarian! Pete formally began his Field Ed work in September. On his visits to Emmanuel he found a vibrant church full of new green shoots and steady, stately trees. He was drawn not only to the vitality, but the commitment to interfaith relationship and outreach, both born of a deep river of true Spirit that is tangible at Emmanuel.



Seminarian. Kevin Newell is a Junior seminarian (his first of three years). Kevin is attending VTS, studying for his Master of Divinity Degree, and is on track for ordination to the priesthood. He will serve as one of our parish seminarians beginning in the fall.

Kevin holds a Master of Music degree in vocal performance (University of Michigan), and was a professional opera singer for 5 years (tenor), until he was hired as the director of education for the Phoenix Boys Choir, also running its subsidiary, the Scottsdale Boys Choir. He was a fundraiser for the Arizona Opera while discerning his call, and hopes to be a postulant for Holy Orders from the Diocese of Southern Ohio by the time he returns to Virginia in the fall.

Kevin is currently based in Columbus where his husband, Joshua, is the Director of Opera and Musical Theatre at Capital University.