Rector. The Very 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.
Chuck has been ordained a priest for 26 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 Brock III, Chuck’s six month old, 65 pound, gentle German Shepherd who takes Chuck on 50+ 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. She lived in Del Ray for 20 years and all 3 of her children are proud graduates of TC Williams. 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 assisting students in their research and spending other people's money on books - which is a bit like heaven for a bibliophile. To channel her love of books, Joani now is a regular volunteer at the Library of Congress. At VTS she has also been 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 a big believer in the Great Commandment, which summarizes her theology for all of parish ministry: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind,;..and love your neighbor as yourself." Emphasis on mind. And so, she has a great passion for 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.
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. Gethin Wied is excited to be the new seminarian at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Gethin is a Middler (second year student) at Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) and comes from the Diocese of Los Angeles. A life-long Californian, he grew up in the small central valley town of Lodi, but for twelve years lived in the L.A. area before coming to Virginia to attend VTS. Gethin loved the change of scenery and is looking forward to exploring more of this region over the remainder of seminary.
Gethin is 32 years old and unmarried. He is the youngest of three siblings, with one surviving parent and hopes to one day be the proud owner of a basset hound named Cranmer. Prior to pursuing Holy Orders, he worked as a library assistant in the corporate library of a major automaker based in Southern California. Gethin went to undergrad at Loyola Marymount University where he studied Classical Civilizations and Archaeology. His personal interests include cooking, good conversation and lately, running.
This summer he participated in a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. CPE is a chaplaincy internship that many Episcopal dioceses require of individuals studying for the priesthood and as a time of formation, it was a true gift for him. Over the course of the program, his colleagues and he visited patients throughout the hospital and then met twice a week for class time with their supervisor who helped them sift through their experiences as chaplains. It was an enriching opportunity and he met a number of amazing people who have helped to further shape his understanding of ministry to others. Gethin looks forward to sharing many of the insights he gained and moments of grace he encountered during these last three months.
Gethin feels tremendously blessed to have the chance to explore his call to the priesthood. It is his hope to ultimately enter parish ministry as he believes that healthy communities drawn together in Christ and centered around the sacraments of Eucharist and Baptism can be a tremendous force for spreading the Gospel. Gethin is joyous to have been called into this congregation and can’t wait to meet, get to know and encounter God in each of you!
Seminarian. Rick Bauer. With heartfelt enthusiasm, a big HELLO to all of my new Brothers and Sisters in Christ here at EEC! As I begin a year of Field Education as your new Seminarian, I look forward to learning more about the unique identity of your wonderful parish and to sharing in Christian community with each of you. I pray that you will also welcome my wife Katrina and our sons Ricky (4) and Christian (2) as we journey together. We come to you from the warm, multi-cultural beach city of Fort Lauderdale in urban South Florida. We are used to rhythms of life that are tempered by the presence of sand between our toes and the friendly smiles of people who have made a home out of a vacation destination. But that being said, we’re acclimating well to the new pace of life here and have embraced the changes with a spirit of adventure and a firm trust in the Lord.
Before our move to Northern Virginia to train at VTS, I worked as a lay professional for St. Mark’s Episcopal Church & School in Fort Lauderdale as the Religion Instructor & the Director of Youth and Contemporary Music. I also performed four nights per week, playing guitar and singing in a small band with my father. Katrina served as a public school teacher in Miami-Dade County and is now a busy mom, working remotely as a Supervisor for Florida Virtual Schools. We’re committed parents who want to do our utmost to help co-create the kind of environment that we want our children to grow up in. We look forward to our time together!
Please check out my website for more information about our journey and the music that I have made.