Pohick’s Assistant to the Rector, The Rev. Celal Kamran, graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary where he earned a Masters in Divinity. He is from the Diocese of Virginia. He and his wife, Erin, joined Pohick in the summer of 2021. Rev. Celal assists Rev. Lynn in worship, preaching, teaching, and overseeing the Young Adult/Family Ministry, Alpha, Outreach, and Justice ministries.
Rev. Celal was born and raised in Pakistan until the age of eight, when he moved to Virginia with his family. He is a recent graduate of Messiah College where he majored in Biblical and Religious Studies. During college, Celal volunteered as a local firefighter. After graduation, he spent a year in the Episcopal Service Corps, an intentional community of young adults living and serving in Richmond.
Celal is a lifelong Episcopalian and grew up attending The Falls Church Episcopal. His grandfather was an Anglican priest as well. Celal has a passion for social justice. During seminary, he has worked for the Office of Multicultural Ministries and was President of the Seminarians of Color Union. Celal’s favorite part of seminary was eating lunch at the Refectory (cafeteria) on campus and fellowship with peers.
Celal loves spending time with Erin and their rambunctious dogs, Clifford and Rajah. He enjoys cooking, reading South Asian fiction, and exploring different cuisines with Erin.