By Zach Hemenway
, 12:05 pm
I am pleased to announce that the Reverend Emmanuel Ato Mercer has accepted my call to be the Assistant Rector at Saint Paulâ€™s beginning on July 1.Â Emmanuel comes to us after serving four years as the Canon Associate for Pastoral Care at Trinity Cathedral in Columbia, South Carolina.Â There he was responsible for youth ministries and supervised young adult ministries.Â He authored weekly communication with Sunday school teachers.Â A very fine pastor on hospital and home visits, he has a sharp theological mind and warmly weaves in the pastoral with his preaching.
Emmanuel earned his Master of Divinity degree from Emory University in Atlanta, and went on to receive a Master of Sacred Theology and Certificate in Anglican Studies from Yale University.Â After serving at Trinity Cathedral in Columbia, Emmanuel enrolled in the University of South Carolina School of Law to see if he had the calling to follow in his fatherâ€™s footsteps (he did not).Â He left law school and served various churches on Sundays while looking for a full time position.Â We are most fortunate to have him join our staff here at Saint Paulâ€™s.
Emmanuel was born and grew up in the West African country of Ghana.Â He
is married to Monique who hails from New York City.Â They have two girls Havilynd and Frances who will be eight and seven this year, and a dachshund named Sweetie!
You can first meet Emmanuel at our parish picnic on Pentecost Sunday, June 12 at noon.Â Â He
will be looking for housing that weekend and then expects to move up with his
family in July.