Welcome the Rev. Dr. Mark Oakley

Date: August 30, 2023

We have a Dean’s Scholar on the campus. We welcome the Rev. Dr. Mark Oakley. He is currently the Dean of St. John’s College, Cambridge, and the recently appointed Dean of Southwark in London. He is scheduled to be installed on December 3, 2023. Southwark Cathedral is probably the most progressive cathedral in England.

Mark is an extraordinary gift to the Church. His book The Splash of Words was the winner of the Michael Ramsey Prize. He has an extraordinary mind: he writes about poetry and faith in a way that is so poetic. He is funny, engaging, and thoughtful. He has had a distinguished career in the Church of England, including serving as a Canon Chancellor of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

He is here with his partner Mr. Nicholas Laws. We are delighted that he is present with us on the campus for three weeks. He is doing a Deanery evening and preaching in the chapel. We are excited that he is here. Please do enjoy their company.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
The Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary and the President of General Theological Seminary.

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