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Our Team

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ThE Rev. Charles C. McCoart, Jr. (Chuck)


Reverend Charles C. McCoart, Jr. (or "Chuck" as he prefers) is the rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church (EEC) joining our team in June 2013. 


We really have to talk about this ancient word: rector. It’s a weird word if you come to us from outside the Episcopal tradition. Rector essentially means: pastor. To lead a church. The rector’s primary task is to articulate, preach, teach, interpret, uphold, exemplify, shape and develop the stated vision of the parish so that the vision becomes the focal point for the parish, hopefully leading us all closer to God. Chuck does this by being a cheerleader for God, encouraging people to become who God has created them to be and helping all members to find their place in shared leadership within our parish.


A native of Northern Virginia, Chuck received a Master’s of Divinity from Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD in 1990, and was received into the Episcopal Church in 2013.  Between 1990 and 2013 Chuck served in multiple capacities, from parish work to diocesan positions. Leading, loving, and serving others, Chuck worked to aid both career staff and volunteers to achieve their mission.


Mostly, Chuck just loves people. Nothing makes him happier than to hear how God is at work in another person's life. Chuck also enjoys time spent with his German shepherd, Max, gardening, and on rare occasions creating art.

The Rev. Joan L. Peacock (Joani)

Associate Rector for Worship

Joani delights in crafting and planning Emmanuel’s Sunday worship and seasonal services. She has an abiding passion for learning and loves walking alongside folks of all ages and stages on their journey in faith. She serves on the Adult Spiritual Formation Ministry Team and is editor-in-chief of the parish blog: Emmanuel Voices. A 1994 graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary, Joani has served four previous congregations in the Diocese of Virginia. A native Washingtonian and bibliophile, Joani volunteers as a docent at the Library of Congress. A mental health advocate and raconteur, Joani has performed many times  on the Story District stage in the Nation’s Capital. Mother of three rocking adults, Joani also shares a household  with two ginger cats: Cheshire & Charlie.

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The Rev. jennie m. leahey (Jen)

Assistant Rector for Children and Youth Ministry

A native of Wilmington, DE, Jen holds a BA in English Journalism from the University of Delaware, an MSc in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and an MDiv from Virginia Theological Seminary. Jen’s previous experience as a high school English teacher and Children and Family Minister has fueled her deep passion for both children/youth Christian education and sacramental ministry. When not spending time with her three amazing children and fabulous husband, Jen enjoys sports and being outdoors – especially on the beach! Her favorite book is The Chronicles of Narnia, which she reads cover-to-cover several times a year.

Janie Piemonte

Parish Administrator

Responsible for the overall operations of the church business, Janie creates the newsletter, handles all financial receipts and disbursements, manages building maintenance needs, and provides overall support to church leadership and ministry teams. A Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Master’s in Organizational Communication, along with many years of both volunteer and paid positions, have culminated in bringing Janie’s full range of skills and experience to this role. She loves to travel but also enjoys a day spent in the pages of a good book.

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Sandy esquivel

Parish Administrator

As Parish Administrator, Sandy directs all of Emmanuel’s administrative operations, financial activities, and communications.  In so doing, she interacts with, and supports, the clergy, other team members, the Vestry, the preschool administration and staff, parish committees and ministries, and most importantly, members of the congregation.  Sandy brings with her a Bachelors in Business, a Masters in Counseling, and over 30 years of private sector and nonprofit administration experience, with an even longer number of years as an active Episcopal Church parishioner and leader, having served as a key player across the entire continuum of Episcopal Church management from oversight, to administration, clergy/staff support, outreach, mission, and spiritual formation.  Most importantly, however, Sandy brings a desire to work collaboratively with others to improve God's kingdom here on Earth, and more specifically here in Alexandria, as a servant leader in Emmanuel's parish community. 

Karen O'Hern

Administrative Assistant

As Administrative Assistant, Karen works alongside the Parish Administrator on the tasks required to run the church business behind the scenes. In addition, Karen assists the Clergy with the production of worship services and maintains the parish membership database and church registry.  She is an active volunteer in the Alexandria community and enjoys outings with family and friends that revolve around nature and good food.

Ryan Fitch

Director of Music

Ryan has been serving at Emmanuel since 2013 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Music Education and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Opera. Ryan has been active in the DC Metro area as a music educator, clinician, accompanist, conductor, and singer for over 15 years. In his free time, Ryan enjoys biking, theater, entertaining, and spending time with family, friends, and his dog Maria. 

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Tim sullivan

Building Projects Manager

A long-time parishioner of Emmanuel, Tim is highly qualified to now help the church in his capacity as a construction expert. Tim will manage the maintenance and repair of the building and facilities.

Max McCoart

Canine Pastoral Associate

A long-haired German Shepherd, Max, born January 2017, is the Rector's constant companion, and a beloved member of Emmanuel's pastoral staff. Among his many duties are pastoral walks around the block, playing catch with preschoolers, and playfully herding children. Max is a 2017 graduate of service dog training at Dogs Downtown. In his freetime, Max is obsessed with his blue and orange "Chuck-It-Ball," and enjoys playing with his canine friends, as well as taking long windows-down pick-up drives in the mountains with Chuck.


Chuck Thomas

Senior Warden

A retired U.S. Army Major General, Chuck has been a part of the Emmanuel community since 2019. Having served all over the world for 32 years, Chuck resides in Alexandria. A longtime volunteer for The Nature Conservancy and Carpenter's Shelter, Chuck is an avid history buff and enjoys the outdoors with his wife Pat. 

Anne Reinke

Junior Warden

Anne and her family reside in Alexandria, VA where Anne continues her longtime association with the transportation industry. Anne is particularly interested in engaging our volunteers.


laura bishop


A retired naval officer and lawyer, Laura now spends much of her time creating visual art. She and her wife Nanette joined Emmanuel in 2020. They live in the Del Ray area of Alexandria and spend time on the Maryland Eastern Shore, where they enjoy nature and kayaking on the Chesapeake Bay. 

bob carragher


After a 40+ year career in government relations, Bob retired in 2020 and hasn't looked back! A former Vestry member, Senior Warden, and long-time Stewardship Committee chair, Bob is back again to lend his talents. Bob and his wife Beth joined Emmanuel in 1987, where both their children attended the preschool and served as acolytes at the church.  

Nancy dupree


  A member of Emmanuel all her life - Nancy was baptized, confirmed, and married here. Wearing many hats, over the years Nancy worked in the Emmanuel preschool for 12 years, served on the vestry and served as senior warden. Nancy currently chairs the pastoral care committee.

A family affair at Emmanuel, Nancy's two daughters were also married here. Nancy enjoys her grandchildren and great grandchildren and walking in nature

emily mcnaughton


A cradle Episcopalian, Emily resides in Old Town, Alexandria. A retired bank examiner, Emily has been a member at EEC since 2013 and provides sound input on all financial matters.

Kerin ord


pauline porter


Pauline retired in 2018 after a long career working in management for professional associations and for-profit companies. With her two children and three beautiful grandchildren close by,  Pauline enjoys spending time with them, yoga, walking her dog, and volunteering where she can be of help. 

Pauline found her way to Emmanuel in 2015, and enjoys volunteering for Carpenter's Shelter dinners, assisting those who have lost loved ones with funeral receptions, and helping out with the annual yard sale.


doris rudoplh


Another cradle Episcopalian, Doris has lived in many places as a Navy wife for over 30 years. She brings both her vast experiences and positive attitude to the vestry. Doris lives in Alexandria, VA.


christian simpson


Self-described as a “cradle to grave” Episcopalian, Christian and his family are recent additions to our EEC family. Employed in the legal field, Christian and his family are residents of Alexandria, VA.

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