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 Canon Rosemari Gaughan Sullivan serves as one of two Special Coordinators for Haiti on the staff of the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church. Canon Sullivan retired as Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Rock Creek Parish, Washington, DC in November 2011. She holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work from the Catholic University of America. In 1985, Canon Sullivan earned a Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary and in 2009 a Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Virginia Theological Seminary awarded Mrs. Sullivan the degree of Doctor in Divinity, honoris causa, in 2005. Following her ordination, Dr. Sullivan served as Associate Rector of Grace Church, Alexandria and Rector of The Church of St Clement, Alexandria. Under her leadership, parish membership grew and an overnight shelter program for homeless men was created. Canon Sullivan served on the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Virginia and chaired the Legislative Committee on Prayer Book and Liturgy at two General Conventions. Dr. Sullivan also served on the national church’s Council of Advice for the President of the House of Deputies and the Joint Nominating Committee to elect the Presiding Bishop (1997). In 1999 Dr. Sullivan was called to serve as Executive Officer and Secretary of General Convention until 2005 when she returned to Virginia Seminary to serve as Director of Alumni Affairs. Currently, Canon Sullivan serves on the Board of So That Others May Eat and as a Trustee of Goodwin House Incorporated. She was a founding member and Chair of the Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless and served on Board of the Evangelical Education Society. Canon Sullivan retired from full time parish ministry in November 2011. She is married to Edmund (Ted) Sullivan and they have two adult children and three perfect grandchildren! Photo credit: Tisara Photography.
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. 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. Alex is currently in his second year.