The Rev. Dr. Cherian Pilo Pulimootil ("Father Cherian") comes to us via St. David's Episcopal Church in San Diego, where he has been assisting clergy for the past several years. Father Cherian was born in India and attended Bridgewater College in Virginia where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and religion in 1975. He earned his Master of Divinity from the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, in 1978, and a Master of Arts in sociology from Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro) in 1979.
Father Cherian and his wife, Ann, lived in India for many years, where she taught English as a Second Language and he taught at the high school level (1980-1995). In 1986, he earned a Bachelor of Education from Annamalai University, Madras, India. Upon coming back to the U.S., he earned his Doctor of Ministry from The School of Theology at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, in 1987.
From 1997 to 2008, he was an assistant professor of Religion and Philosophy at James Madison University. He was ordained an Episcopal priest in 2009 in the Diocese of Virginia.
He has been both deacon and assistant priest at St. Mark’s Church, Alexandria, Virginia, and retired as rector from the Good Shepherd Church in McKenney, Virginia, in 2015.
He and Ann have one daughter, Dr. Hannah Sweet, who is married to Dr. Patrick Sweet and are blessed with two grandsons. Ann plans to join Father Cherian "out West" upon her retirement from the school district where she has taught for nearly 20 years.
We are thrilled to have them join St. Paul’s family!