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Meet Our New Rector - The Reverend Charles C. McCoart, Jr.

It is our great pleasure and privilege to announce that our NEW Rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church is the Rev. Charles C. McCoart, Jr.  We firmly believe that God has led us to the selection of Chuck as our priest and we’re all very excited about the future of Emmanuel with him as our spiritual leader.  Father Chuck regularly preaches at the 8 AM and 10:30 services on Sundays.  Please plan to join us when you can and be sure to introduce yourself to Chuck and join us for a cup of coffee in the parish hall following the service.

Below is a brief bio Chuck shared to acquaint you with him: 

I was born on June 26, 1960, at The Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.  All seven of my parents' children were born there, seven of us in 8 1/2 years!  Mom and Dad raised us in Springfield, Virginia where my mother still lives.  We all attended St. Bernadette's Elementary School and then went on to West Springfield High School.  I graduated from WSHS in 1978 and then attended George Mason University where I received an undergraduate degree in Social Work. 

After college I lived in Appalachia in Vanceburg, Kentucky, which was then, and is perhaps even now, the fifth poorest county in the United States.  While in Kentucky I continued to discern a vocation to the priesthood, and after my time in Kentucky I came back to Virginia to work as a Youth Minister at my home parish so that others could get used to the notion that I felt called to the priesthood.  After two years as a youth minister I went into the seminary and was ordained a Catholic priest on May 19th, 1990. 

Even before I was ordained in the Catholic Church, I knew I was more aligned with the theology of the Episcopal Church ... I just didn't know quite how to get here.  It took me a little while to figure out how to make the transition happen and I am grateful the bishops of The Diocese of Virginia and Emmanuel Episcopal Church have welcomed me with open arms. Being an Episcopalian and a priest in the Episcopal Church is simply a far better fit for me personally, spiritually, and theologically.

Since ordination I have had the privilege of working in several diocesan offices and many different parishes - most recently in Mt. Vernon. Quite honestly there's no place else on earth I would rather be than in parish ministry.  Being pastor is a fulfilling combination of ministry, management, raising resources both people and financial, honing my diplomatic and negotiation skills - all the while cheer leading for God! 

In all humility, I do not over state my future contribution to Emmanuel nor do I underestimate my role.  I think if we all keep our eye on God, that He will always lead us to loving and serving.  It really is that simple and exciting. 

I can't wait to meet all of you and to get started building relationships with each of you.  Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers and know that you are in mine.  I will see you soon.
 
Peace friends,

Chuck