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.

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The History of St. Paul

Priest-in-charge at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Haymarket, Virginia, Reverend Sean Rousseau joined the team in 2012. Father Sean K. Rousseau leads two services on Sunday mornings: one at 8 a.m. and another at 10:30 a.m.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. The church is the oldest continual-use faith establishment in Prince William County and is named after Saint Paul, the early Christian figure who converted from Judaism.

St. Paul was born under the name of Saul. He was a Roman citizen and a devout Jew, and after the death of Jesus, he persecuted Christians as faithless Jews. Famously, when Saul was on a trip to Damascus to attack Christians there, the New Testament tells that he was struck blind by a bright light and heard Jesus asking him, “Saul, why do you persecute me?” It was on the basis of this encounter and the power and the glory of Jesus’ love that Saul became a Christian and changed his name. Going forward, Paul was a devout follower of Christ and established Christian congregations throughout the countries of the eastern Mediterranean area. He was recognized as being a great interpreter of the word of God and the founder of Christian theology. Because of his devotion to the religion, St. Paul was martyred in the year 64 under Nero in Rome, Italy.