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The Bishop: The Rt. Rev. Holly Hollerith

The Priest: Rev. Keith Emerson Keith Emerson grew up in Akron, OH. Raised in the Presbyterian Church where he was active in Sunday School and youth programs. He graduated from Grove City College (PA) in 1982 with a B.A. in Religion and in Economics. Shortly thereafter he started attending St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Akron and was invited to serve on the staff. Embracing a call, Keith graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1987 and was ordained to the priesthood on May 13, 1988. He served as an Assistant to the Rector in two Ohio parishes prior to becoming Rector of St. John's Church in Keokuk, IA 1993. From there served as Rector of the Church of the Epiphany in Richmond, VA from 1997-2007. Keith became Rector of St. Paul's on October 1, 2007. Keith has two daughters, Ellen and Abbey, who live in Richmond. He has a wide variety of interests: renovating his home (which at one point served as the parish rectory), working in the yard, mountain biking (which is a real challenge given Suffolk's flat terrain), and cooking and enjoying a fine cigar. You can keep up with Keith on facebook (realize that any posts in the third person are 'tongue-in-cheek' and not to be taken seriously) and can follow his sermons at checkoutthesermons.blogspot.com. The Music Director/Organist: Al Reese Al Reese, an accomplished musician, leads music programs at St. Paul's, including the chancel choir and Saint Paul's Ringing Ensemble (bell choir). Since Al's arrival at St. Paul's in 2008, he and his wife, Lois, have produced two musicals starring children from the church and greater Suffolk community. Al currently serves as the Musical Director of the Virginia Handbell Consort and studies voice with Sondra Gelb of Virginia Beach. He takes part in Virginia Opera productions on occasion and has performed with a number of operas and choruses prior to his arrival at St. Paul's. Al played trumpet for 21 years in the Army Band program, including eight years with the band at Fort Monroe. Al was also stationed at the US Military Academy at West Point. Al holds a Master of Church Music Degree, with a concentration in Handbells from Concordia University (WI), and is pursuing a Master of Music, in Music Theory/Composition, from Norfolk State University. While Al possesses an impressive, diverse, and ever- expanding resume, his witty puns and encouraging spirit are ever-present during choir and bell rehearsals. He is a willing coach who wishes to add to the ranks of St. Paul's choristers and musicians. Al resides in Norfolk with his wife, Lois and their dog, Abby.

The Parish Administrator: Amy Austin

The Christian Education/Family Life Director: Holly McNeal

The Sexton: Miko Taylor

Contact the church today by calling (757) 539-2478

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