Rector. The 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, VA. 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 24 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 at www.chuckmccoart.com to find out what he is thinking on a range of topics from faith, family and life.
Wherever you see Chuck, you’re also most likely to see Brock, Chuck’s seven year old, 120 pound, gentle German shepherd who Chuck describes as “the companion I never knew I needed!"
Priest Associate. 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 four parishes in the Diocese of Virginia, most recently All Saints, Sharon Chapel. She also works at VTS in the library - which is a bit like heaven for a bibliophile. On campus, she has also been a colloquy mentor and a mental health evangelist. Check out Joani's blog Unorthodox & Unhinged on mental health and spirituality. Joani is a big believer in the Great Commandment, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, with all your mind, and all your strength." Emphasis on mind. And so, she has a great passion for Christian formation and education. She loves to sing (even though Sister Inez Patricia kicked her out of the Glee Club). On Sundays 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. Alex Allain was born and raised in Natchez, MS and graduated with a degree in religious studies from Millsaps College in 2009. He then served with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps for two years; one year working as a housing counselor in Newark, NJ and the next year as a staff member at a day shelter in New Orleans, LA. After his term of service, Alex enjoyed another year of living and working in New Orleans before beginning at Virginia Theological Seminary.
After graduating from Virginia Seminary on May 21, Alex will serve one year as a hospital chaplain in a Clinical Pastoral Education program at University of Alabama-Birmingham. Alex will then return to his home diocese of Mississippi, where he will enter into parish ministry.
Seminarian. Gethin Wied will serve as seminarian at Emmanuel beginning Fall 2015. He is a Junior (first year student) at Virginia Theological Seminary. Gethin is from the Diocese of Los Angeles. A life-long Californian, he grew up in the small central valley town of Lodi, but for the past twelve years lived in the L.A. area before relocating to Virginia this past August.He's loved the change of scenery and looks forward to exploring more of it over the remainder of seminary.
Gethin is 32 years old and unmarried. He's the youngest of three siblings, with one surviving parent .He hopes to one day be the proud owner of a basset hound named Cranmer. Prior to pursuing Holy Orders, Gethin worked as a library assistant in the corporate library of a major automaker based in Southern California. He went to undergrad at Loyola Marymount University where he studied Classical Civilizations and Archaeology. His personal interests include cooking, good conversation and lately, running.
Gethin is a life-long Episcopalian and feels tremendously blessed to have this opportunity 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. He is joyous to have been called into this congregation.