The Rev. Shawn Strout, Ph.D. ’12

Associate for Academic Programming and Assessment and Visiting Professor of Worship

The Rev. Shawn Strout, Ph.D. is Associate for Academic Programming and Assessment and Visiting Professor of Worship. He first taught at VTS as an adjunct faculty member in 2018. He joined the faculty as Visiting Professor of Worship in 2020.

The Rev. Shawn Strout, Ph.D. is Associate for Academic Programming and Assessment and Visiting Professor of Worship. His passion is teaching future leaders of the church, both lay and ordained, about the history, theology, and practice of liturgy. He believes liturgical theology helps students to see the many ways in which we speak about God through liturgy, and that liturgical practice empowers students to be effective liturgical leaders.

He says he began his love affair with liturgy the first time that he stepped into an Episcopal church. For the first time in his life, he felt like he was an active participant in worship and not just an observer. From that moment forward, he has loved liturgy and the study of it. He believes for many people, liturgy is where we meet God.

Before coming to VTS, Strout served in parish ministry for over seven years at St. Paul’s K Street and the Church of the Ascension and St. Agnes, both in Washington, DC, as well as at Christ Church in Kensington, MD.

Strout is currently preparing his dissertation, “Of Thine Own Have We Given Thee:” A Liturgical Theology of the Offertory as Practiced by the Churches of the Anglican Communion, for publication. He has also written peer-reviewed articles for Studia Liturgica, The Anglican Theological Review, and Anglican and Episcopal History.

Strout is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, Societas Liturgica, and the past chair of the Society of Scholar Priests. He currently serves on the editorial board for Studia Liturgica. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member for the Anglican Studies certificate jointly administered by Lancaster Theological Seminary and the Stevenson School for Ministry in central Pennsylvania.

Dr. Strout frequently presents lectures and seminars on a wide variety of liturgical topics.

Ph.D. Theology and Religious Studies, The Catholic University of America
M.Phil. Theology and Religious Studies, The Catholic University of America
M.Div., Virginia Theological Seminary
M.A. Professional Counseling, Liberty University
M.A. Human Resources Development, Webster University
B.A. Bible, Pensacola Christian College

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Volume: 49 issue: 2, page(s): 195-205
Article first published online: November 20, 2019; Issue published: September 1, 2019.

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“My passion is teaching future leaders of the church, both lay and ordained, about the history, theology, and practice of liturgy. As I teach the history of the liturgy, I love to hear students remark how so much of our present-day liturgy can be found in the ancient rites of the church. Liturgical theology helps students to see the many ways in which we speak about God through liturgy. And liturgical practice empowers students to be effective liturgical leaders.”
The Rev. Shawn Strout, Ph.D. ’12