Date: June 14, 2021
Our doctoral students are remarkable people. All of them are fully engaged in full-time ministry. They serve the church as parish priests, school chaplains, hospital chaplains, and in many other ministries. Amid these demanding schedules, they carve out time for the demands of doctoral work. The juggling act of their day-to-day lives is very impressive: a parish priest makes a hospital visit, then reads a practical theology textbook over lunch for a doctoral course, then moves to sermon preparation for the upcoming Sunday. Often she might stay up late in the evening to complete an online discussion post before bed. These students’ commitment to learning is an inspiration.
It is a commitment to learning, but more so a commitment to enhancing their ministry of making disciples. These students are eager to learn because they are eager to serve God’s church. We are pleased to welcome them here to VTS and delighted that we can be a place that welcomes and empowers students serving God’s mission.
The Rev. Ross Kane, Ph.D.
Director of Doctoral Programs and Assistant Professor of Theology, Ethics, and Culture