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The Rev. Ed Pickup

Born June 12, 1952 in Eden North Carolina, Ed grew up in Charlotte across the street from Christ Church.  He was baptized and confirmed as a teenager, and sang in the Christ Church Choir for many years.

After undergraduate (Bachelor of Arts 1974) and law school (Juris Doctorate 1976) at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, Ed returned to Charlotte and practiced law for nine years.  Working principally in real estate and bankruptcy law, Ed represented creditors as well as debtors and served as a trustee for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

Experiencing a growing involvement in the church, Ed made the break from practicing law and began seminary at Nashotah House in 1985.  There he was a cantor, sang in the schola cantorum, was chair of the student life committee and president of the student body.  He graduated with honors in 1988 and was ordained a deacon at Christ Church by The Rt. Rev. Frank Vest on May 27, 1988.

Ed served as an assistant at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in High Point, NC (1988-1991) with emphasis in Christian formation and youth ministries.  He began a recycling program for the people of St. Mary's, was a volunteer chaplain at the High Point Regional Hospital and served on the Coalition Against Adolescent Pregnancy.  Ed was ordained a priest at St. Mary's on May 29, 1989 by the Rt. Rev. Robert W. Estill. 

Ed has also served as chaplain for more than thirty Royal School of Church Music Training Courses in the U.S. and Canada over the past 21 years.  He has also served on the board and as Secretary of the Royal School of Church Music in America and currently serves as Chaplain to the Board.

Since coming to the Diocese of Southern Virginia in 1991, Ed has served on The Chanco Board of Managers (six years), chair of the Liturgical Commission (eight years), Spiritual Director for Cursillo (six years) and Chair of the Resolutions and Memorials Committee for Diocesan Council (three years).  He has been a member of the Environmental Stewardship Committee (three years) and the Constitution and Canons Commission (twenty years).  He has also served as a judge on the Ecclesiastical Court (two terms), as a spiritual director on thirteen Cursillo Weekends and as a reader of General Ordination Examinations.  More recently, he has served on the Diocesan Executive Board (four years) and is currently  Chair of the Examining Chaplains, a member of the Talbot Hall Property Committee and of the Standing Committee.

Ed completed the coursework for a Doctorate in Ministry at Virginia Theological Seminary, but was unable to complete the Project Thesis due to the impact of the International Paper Franklin Mill closure in 2010 on the proposed project.  As consolation, in October of 2010 Ed was informed that the Council of the Royal School of Church Music  (Sarum College at Salisbury Cathedral) has granted him the honorary award of Associate of the Royal School of Church Music.  The Associate Award (one of three in the world in 2011) will be presented at the RSCM Celebration Day Service on May 14, 2011 in Peterborough Cathedral in England.

At Emmanuel Church, in addition to leading and preaching at all Sunday services, Ed visits the sick and shut-in folks, leads a midweek Bible study and cooks dinner for the class, conducts occasional services and Bible studies at local nursing homes and retirement centers, sings in the choir, and does "light bulb and toilet paper ministries."   He is past-president of the local clergy association, past-president of the Franklin Rotary Club and served on the Long-Range Recovery Committee after the Hurricane Floyd flood.

Ed lives with Cosmo, a fun-loving Cairn Terrier (like "Toto" in The Wizard of Oz). As hobbies, he enjoys riding roller coasters with friends, occasionally playing the piano and caring for a 101-year-old house he and his sister bought in Cape Charles on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

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