Who Was Saint Paul?

Having earned more than 20 years of experience in parish ministry and seminary formation, the Reverend Sean Rousseau has developed several successful Stewardship Programs for Time, Talent, and Treasure that have produced nearly 40 ministries. Presently, the Rev. Sean Rousseau serves as the priest-in-charge of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Haymarket, Virginia.

One of Christianity’s first Saints, the Apostle St. Paul of Tarsus was a Roman citizen and orthodox Jew who was originally named Saul. Shortly following the death of Jesus Christ, St. Paul encountered the nascent Christian movement and took a stance against it. While on the road to Damascus to witness a Christian persecution, he underwent a major conversion that turned him into a leading figure in the religion and “the founder of Christian theology.”

After spending years training in missionary work, St. Paul dedicated his life to converting people to Christianity. His achievements in spreading the word of Christ throughout the Mediterranean region are recorded in The Acts of the Apostles. Moreover, his letters are considered among the first historical documents detailing the rise of Christianity in the world. Scholars believe he was martyred in 64 AD in Rome during the reign of Emperor Nero.