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.


About the Dayspring Initiative

A graduate of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Reverend Sean Rousseau earned his masters of divinity with a concentration in systematic theology. Rev. Sean K. Rousseau currently serves the communities of Haymarket and Gainesville, Virginia, as the priest-in-charge at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Through St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Father Rousseau is involved with the diocesan-wide initiative Dayspring.

Dedicated to returning Episcopal properties to the diocese of Virginia, Dayspring was established in 2012 by Bishop Shannon Johnston. Whether the properties are funds, pieces of land, buildings, or houses, Dayspring helps identify the best use for ministry resources. Additionally, Dayspring leaders work together to determine the best way to utilize the recovered property to serve the needs of Episcopalian congregations.

For example, seven properties and a number of other buildings and land parcels were returned to the diocese at the end of a five-year legal dispute in 2012. Congregations doubled in size when they were able to move back into the larger returned properties that were more able to accommodate a larger amount of people. As a result of the congregation’s increased numbers, staffing infrastructure needed to adapt, which was enabled through Dayspring.

The Book of Common Prayer and Holy Baptism

A clergy member for nearly three decades, Reverend Sean Rousseau serves as a priest-in-charge in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. The Rev. Sean K. Rousseau serves the congregation of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Haymarket, where he works on replanting the parish community.

While the church has a history dating back to 1801, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church did not begin hosting services at its location in Prince William County until 1822, and was consecrated in 1834. Today, the church holds services twice every Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The clergy teach fellow Episcopalians how to live in accordance to the Bible and Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, which includes respecting the dignity of every person and loving neighbors as one would want to be treated.

The Book of Common Prayer includes information about the church’s calendar year, daily prayer services, proper liturgies for special days, ordination, and holy baptism. In the case of holy baptism, the book discusses how baptism signifies initiation into the church and celebrates one’s commitment to the Holy Spirit and Christ. Traditionally performed on a Sunday, a bishop or priest carries out the ceremony with the person being baptized, parents if a child is being baptized, and his or her sponsor, who is a baptized individual.

The Dayspring Initiative

Fr. Sean K. Rousseau joined St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in 2012, following his service as the priest-in-charge at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Fr. Sean Rousseau brings with him exceptional experience in general parish ministry and management. In addition, the Rev. Sean Rousseau plays a vital role in the Dayspring initiative.

Located in Haymarket, Virginia, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is supported by Dayspring, an initiative set forth by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. Dayspring launched in January of 2012 in an effort to reestablish Episcopal properties within the Diocese of Virginia. In doing so, Dayspring aims to support continuing congregations, provide recruitment and placement services for clergy members, and reinvigorate congregations in areas that have existing properties.

To support the initiative, a team has been established to carry out three areas of tasks: vision, resources, and communications. The vision team is responsible for analyzing the current obstacles facing the mission of Dayspring and determining how the plan can move forward. The resources team handles business relations and the logistics of bringing each property back into the organization. The communications team is responsible for telling and marketing the Dayspring story.

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.

The Dayspring Initiative – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Father Sean K. Rousseau has 19 years of experience in parish ministry, and has overseen the growth of a community to more than 1,150 families. The Priest-in-Charge of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Haymarket, Virginia, since 2012, Fr. Sean Rousseau has fostered an environment where accountability and mutual responsibility thrive. In addition, the Reverend Sean Rousseau is dedicated to active and conscious participation and communication, and has overseen the expansion of liturgical ministries in the parish.

The oldest Prince William County church in continual service, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church serves the areas of Gainesville and Haymarket. The church is a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia’s Dayspring initiative, which seeks to determine how to make the best possible use of Episcopal properties that have been returned to the Diocese of Virginia.

In keeping with the Dayspring endeavor, a number of churches (which include St. Paul’s, Epiphany, St. Stephen’s, Falls Church, and St. Margaret’s) recently met to discuss congregation vitality and growth, and to identify and plan for future challenges.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church – Parish Replanting

With more than 15 years of experience in parish ministry and seven years of experience in seminary formation, the Reverend Sean K. Rousseau currently serves as the Priest-in-Charge at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Haymarket, Virginia. In charge of replanting a parish that was previously closed for 10 years, the Rev. Sean Rousseau focuses on active leadership and practical management to bring purposeful change into being. In addition to establishing the Stewardship Program for Time, Talent and Treasure, which resulted in savings in the annual budget, Father Sean Rousseau has expanded the celebration of Sunday Eucharist to include the seasons of Christmas, Lent, and Easter, among others.

An important part of establishing a strong and lasting parish is the encouragement of full and active participation within the church, as the leadership of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church has done. Parish office infrastructure has been established. In addition, the leadership’s communication, collaboration, and cooperation with parishioners and staff have helped to foster accountability, transparency, and mutual responsibility.

Key to the parish replanting strategy has been the Stewardship Program for Time, Talent, and Treasure. The program emphasizes volunteering and tithing. St. Paul’s also participates in events in the community, region, and diocese. Furthermore, the parish has seen the expansion of existing social, spiritual, and outreach activities.