About Saint Paul

The Reverend Sean Rousseau oversees a parish ministry as priest-in-charge with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Haymarket, Virginia. In his leadership role, Rev. Sean K. Rousseau maintains the oldest place of worship still serving the people of Prince William County. The church’s namesake, Saint Paul, is one of the most significant Christian thinkers in history, and his letters constitute part of the New Testament.

Saint Paul lived as a citizen of the Roman Empire and was raised in and studied Orthodox Judaism. Though originally very much opposed to the Christian movement, he converted to Christianity following an intense spiritual experience. Once devoted to Christ, he became among the most important early proponents of the church by nurturing congregations throughout ancient Mediterranean communities. Moreover, his writings represent a very early and influential example of Christian theology.

For more information about Saint Paul and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, log on to the church’s website at StPaulsEpiscopalHaymarket.org or visit its grounds at 6750 Fayette St., Haymarket, Virginia 20169.

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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 Moreover, his letters are considered among the first historical documents detailing the rise of Christianity in the world.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.