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Our Rector

TheRev'd Dr. S. Paul Rowles                     


Paul and his wife Cynthia joined us at St. Peter's on October 15, 2006. We are joyous in the journey that we are walking together.
A native of North Carolina, Paul served 8 years in the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1981 as Sergeant/E-5. He then went on to graduate from the University of Richmond in 1984. Continuing his education, he holds a Master of Divinity with an emphasis in Pastoral Care & Counseling and in 1996 received a Doctor of Ministry in Ministry to Marriage & Family.
Following the the footsteps of this father and grandfather, Paul began his ministry as a pastor to Mount Hope Baptist Church of Mannboro, Virginina in 1987. However from the beginning of his ministry, Paul loved the Book of Common Prayer and sensed a calling to the Anglican faith and tradition.
In 2001, Paul officially began preparation to become an Episcopal priest. He left his pastorate at Bowling Green Baptist Church and began to serve as Assistant to the Rector at Emmanuel Church, Brook Hill. He attended Virginia Theological Seminary and was ordained a deacon and later priest by Bishop Peter Lee in 2003.
Paul previously served at Beckford Parish, Emmanuel Church in Woodstock and St. Andrew's Church in Mt. Jackson, in the Diocese of Virginia.