For Alumni

Welcome to the VTS virtual alumni community!

As a graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary, you join over 3,300 ordained and lay leaders worldwide. Our alumni serve in over 50 countries around the globe — every day our alumni are making a difference in their communities and in the world.

Below are resources and opportunities for VTS alumni, along with information on alumni leadership and ways to stay connected to the Seminary and with other alumni.

Staying Connected

Keep up with the news from the Seminary through the monthly Alumni eNews,
daily Dean’s Commentary, the VTS Magazine (3 times/year), iTunes, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

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Stewards

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Alumni
Directory

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Regional Chapters

Regional Chapters provide VTS alumni with opportunities to…

  • Stay connected to the life of Virginia Theological Seminary
  • Engage with the Dean and Faculty at regional gatherings
  • Promote the interests of the Seminary and theological education
  • Gather with fellow alums for educational programs, retreats, social events, and other activities
  • Deepen networks with colleagues in the region
  • Help support and maintain the rich heritage that is Virginia Theological Seminary

For further information, contact alumni@vts.edu.

VTS chapters

Central Gulf Coast, FL
Christie Hord, Mary Alice Mathison

Mid-Georgia area
Jim Said

Atlanta, GA
Kim Jackson

Memphis, TN
Laura Gettys

Winston-Salem, NC
Leon Spencer

Upper South Carolina
Dorian Del Priore

Williamsburg, VA area
Jennifer Andrews-Weckerly

Hampton Roads/Tidewater, VA
Harold Cobb

Richmond, VA
Doug Wigner

Lynchburg, VA
Todd and Diane Vie

Fredericksburg, VA
Catherine Hicks

Washington, DC
David Wacaster

Baltimore, MD
Stewart Lucas and Flo Ledyard

Southern New Jersey/Philadelphia
Matt Tucker

New York, NY area
Lauren Kuratko

Connecticut
George Roberts

Boston, MA
Christine Whittaker

Maine
Kitty Babson

East Lansing, MI
Kit Carlson

Chicago
Brad Linboom, Andrew Rutledge

Milwaukee, WI
Andy Jones

St. Louis area
Mike Angell

Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
Victoria Hatch

Houston, TX
Jimmy Abbott, Patrick Hall

Phoenix, AZ
Troy Mendez

Los Angeles, CA
Serena Beeks, Rachel Nyback

Northern California
(includes portions of the Dioceses of California, Northern California, and El Camino Real)
Todd Bruce

Portland, OR
Bingham Powell

For further information about VTS chapters, please contact Shelagh Casey Brown at scbrown@vts.edu

Pilgrimages

Consider a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with the Rt. Rev. Frank T. Griswold IIIXXV Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, and the Rev. J. Barney Hawkins IV, Ph.D., co-director of the Bicentennial Campaign and the Arthur Carl Lichtenberger Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Theology and Continuing Education at Virginia Theological Seminary.

For further information about the November 2021 pilgrimage or the January 2022 pilgrimage, please email Victoria Elie at velie@vts.edu.

As part of the Seminary’s Bicentennial, you are invited to join us on a pilgrimage through Gothic France – Paris, Chartres, Cluny, Reims, Bec Abbey, Mt. St. Michel and Normandy – with the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean & president, and the Rev. J. Barney Hawkins IV, Ph.D., Co-Director of the Bicentennial Campaign and the Arthur Carl Lichtenberger Professor of Pastoral Theology and Continuing Education. This tour will take place late May through early June 2021.

For further information, please email Victoria Elie at velie@vts.edu

Resources

Alumni gathered October 13, 2020 for the annual Alumni Convocation, focused on Theology in a Time of Crisis. Keynoter Rev. Dr. Gary Dorrien, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York, spoke on “The Black Social Gospel, the Crises of our Time, and the Search for Justice.” Listen to his talk by clicking this link.
Alumni Convocation 2021 – scheduled for Tuesday, October 12, 2021. Check for further details in 2021.

The 2020-2021 Class Reunions will be held online.
Please click the link above to email alumni@vts.edu for further information.

Lifelong Learning Programs

Visit the Lifelong Learning at VTS offerings (on-campus and online).
Check back frequently as new programs are added frequently, including those
that address time-sensitive topics that arise in the Church or in our world.

Lifelong Learning

Additional Resources for Alumni

Lifelong access to the Bishop Payne Library including full access to the significant electronic resources, borrowing privileges, and the personalized service of the library mailing books upon request. Visit for full details.

Alumni are eligible for two nights of accommodations in the VTS guest houses annually, subject to availability. During this time of COVID, the guest houses are closed. We look forward to the time when we are able to resume guest house operations and welcome alumni back to campus for overnight stays.

Every year Virginia Theological Seminary honors Theological Education Sunday. Held the first Sunday of February, TES is the day set aside to offer prayers and support for theological education for all the baptized of our Church. VTS celebrates Theological Education Sunday by sending faculty, staff, and students to preach and teach in parishes around the country. Take advantage of the opportunity to have a VTS representative at your parish, who will lift up and celebrate seminary and lifelong education in the church. If your parish is interested in having a Seminary representative on Theological Education Sunday, please contact alumni@vts.edu.

Awards

Named in honor of the former Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, John Hines (VTS ’33), the award celebrates the ministry of preaching and its importance in our Church by recognizing outstanding sermons that are deeply grounded in scripture and focused on the seen and unseen needs of the worshipping community, the nation and the world.

All Bishops, Priests, Deacons, and Laity of the Episcopal Church in America. Sermons preached outside the United States by clergy who are canonically resident in a diocese of the Episcopal Church USA and by laypeople who are parishioners in an Episcopal Church USA congregation will be accepted as entries for the award.

Entries should be sermons delivered to a congregation sometime over the course of a full liturgical year — between the first Sunday and the last Sunday of Pentecost. Entries must be received by the Committee by January 30 of the succeeding year. The award recipient is announced in the Spring.

The prophetic voice must be central within the sermon. Only one sermon per preacher can be submitted. For the 2021 process, entries can be sent as text documents (Word), and/or audio recording. Beginning in 2022, entries will be solely by audio recording. Entries can be sent to HinesAward@vts.edu or by mail to the Seminary.

The John Hines Preaching Award Committee evaluates the finalists following a faculty committee review of all entries. each entry without knowledge of the identity of the entrant.

The Award winners are presented with a certificate (hopefully in their parish setting by a VTS representative) and a cash prize of $2,000. Additionally, they are invited to campus to guest preach and to spend time with students, faculty, and alumni.

Virginia Theological Seminary invites interested alumni to participate in the third annual environmental sermon contest made possible through the Kreitler Environmental Fund. Clergy are invited to prepare and preach an environmentally and/or creation-centered sermon for consideration in a contest. Monetary prizes will be awarded to the top two finalists.

Since 1970, many around the globe have observed Earth Day on April 22 as a time to demonstrate support for protecting and preserving our environment. This year marks the 50th Earth Day and the focus is on Climate Action.

The deadline for submitting a sermon to VTS for the 2021 Environmental Sermon Contest has been extended to August 1. Participants are encouraged to focus on Earth Day and its theme of Climate Action. The enormous challenge — but also the vast opportunities — of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary.

Participants are encouraged to focus on Earth Day and its theme of Climate Action or on Rogation Days, traditionally the three days before Ascension Day, that are associated with the stewardship of creation. Earth Day and Rogation Days offer a unique space of time for reflection, writing, and preaching on our collective care and concern for our world.

To learn more about this opportunity or to submit a sermon, please contact Linda L. Dienno.

Contact Information

Shelagh Casey Brown
Director of Alumni and Church Relations
alumni@vts.edu(703) 461-1711

VTS is pleased to share information about available positions for lay or ordained candidates. If you would like to have a ministry job opening posted, please send a job description (Word or PDF) to ministryopenings@vts.edu. Job descriptions will remain on the website for three months from the date of receipt, and then will be removed unless you advise us otherwise.

If you have an opportunity that is tailored for senior seminarians post-graduation, please contact ministryopenings@vts.edu or contact Shelagh Casey Brown in the Alumni Office by email or by phone, (703) 461-1711.

Job Postings

Seminaries of the Episcopal Church receive no financial support from the national church. The Episcopal Church, however, by Resolution at its General Convention in 1982 has asked all congregations to give “at least one percent of its net disposable budgeted income to one or more of the accredited seminaries” in support of theological education.

Now, more than ever, parishes and missions have a critical stake in the quality of women and men who are serving as lay and ordained leaders of the Church.

VTS continues to rely on parish giving, which amounts to close to 30% of our annual unrestricted support. This support is vital to allow VTS to meet its continued commitment to forming future church leaders, and to the educational needs of clergy and laity in congregations throughout the church.

We are grateful for the parish support that comes to Virginia Theological Seminary and urge congregations to consider supporting the Seminary through a parish gift.

Parish Resources from VTS